Hot on the heels of my quiet time activities for girls, here are 15 quiet time activities for boys that I’m hoping you will find useful, spark some imagination on your part, and help you cope with the rambunctious boys who have to make it through quiet time somehow, some way without waking up any baby that might be sleeping or just so that you can get a few things done for yourself!
And so, the focus of this page is to strictly 15 quiet time activities specifically for boys. Of course any sister might enjoy these activities as well.
The goal of any quiet time activity is to keep your kids quiet so that you can have a much needed breather and not have to interact with them. When I came up with this list of activities, I kept in mind the following points:
1. Quiet Activities
It’s pretty vital to have activities that will keep your children quiet. And the toys or items that they are doing should be of a gentler nature. I live in a small house so, in order to keep everyone asleep, I like to keep my little boy playing with quiet toys that aren’t going to wake up the whole house.
2. Minimal Mess
Of course a mess is going to be made but it’s nice if you can have activities that make a small mess because after the quiet time is over, odds are, you’re going to be the one cleaning up the mess. :)
3. No Need for Help
I’m not saying to not help your kids out but since you’re having a quiet time, it’s nice if they’re not going to need any help with their activities. Just a little thing to keep in mind. If they are going to be doing an activity that requires assistance, set them all up before the quiet time begins, give them directions or a demonstration and let them go at it.
Like I mentioned above, these are 15 quiet time activities for boys. I haven’t left the girls out though and if you want 15 quiet time activities for girls, check out my page over here.
1. Build a train out of large cardboard boxes – color and decorate each of the boxes and let your boys do the decorating. Then they can tape/glue the boxes together and play train station.
2. Make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and go exploring in your basement or playroom – Taking two toilet paper rolls, glue/tape them together side by side. Then, using a piece of string or ribbon, connect the ribbon from one toilet paper roll to the other, making it taut enough so that the binoculars can be placed around their neck. Your boys can even decorate the binoculars before putting them together. Then, send them off to explore in the jungles of your playroom!
3. Build tents with sheets and
blankets in playroom/basement/living room – An awesome quiet time activity for
boys, allow them to use the sheets and blankets from your linen closet and
build some tents in their quiet time area.
This provides hours of endless fun and quite a bit of peace and quiet
4. Paint with Water Books - minimal mess and taps into any child’s creative side. Younger children especially enjoy these books but really, any age will find these fun. Plus, they’re great for parents because all you need is water and a paint brush. There won’t be any paint mess to clean up, no paint on your table, no paint on clothes. Very, very nice like I said especially for those toddlers!
5. Play with clay and toothpicks – pick up some clay at the Dollar Store or Walmart or your next order into Amazon. Boys love clay and their imagination can run wild with the millions of different things they can do with it. I’ve found that if I also throw in some toothpicks with the modeling clay, they build all sorts of neat things.
6. Color rocks/paint faces on them – Send your boys outside to find some rocks or the next time you’re having a family day at a lake or on a walk/nature trail, pick up some rocks. Then during quiet time let your kids decorate them and paint faces on them.
7. Print off some coloring pages – have a folder filled with special coloring pages that you know your boys will find interesting. Maybe they are their favorite action figure or superhero or movie character. Whatever it may be, make sure that they are special in order to captivate their interest.
8. Build an Army with army Men – boys love this quiet time activity and it can keep them occupied for hours! Pick some army men up at a yardsale if you can find them. You can also let your boys add some spice to their playing and let them collect some grass, rocks, and dirt to play with their army men
9. Magnets - I’m sure that you’ve probably heard about the magnetic kids toys that are quite popular now. I have to vouch for these toys. They are highly popular in my house, played on a daily basis for a minimum of an hour! I will admit that I did not buy the name brand but a knock off and they are perfect and I don’t really see why I would buy a better brand. Anyways, I highly recommend purchasing a set or two of magnets for your quiet time activities for boys!
10. Listen to an audio story - for younger children, turn on some music for them to listen to and let them play or do some coloring. Also, I’m sure that your local library has lots of audio stories or books for kids to listen to that make great quiet time activities. And, if you just never make it out to your library, Amazon has loads of kid’s audio books.
11. Playdough with the cutouts – Playdough is much like playing with clay except that it is probably slightly easier to work with. Throw in some fun playdough tools to make it a bit more interesting and to create versatility.
12. Dominos – this might be a bit too noisy for quiet time. However, I’ve seen lots of boys who really enjoy setting up the dominos and letting them fall down. They are just fascinated to see each domino drop in quick succession. It makes this list because of the amount of time it will keep your children occupied. And since we’re all about buying quiet time around here, this has to be on my list. :)
13. Build book houses using books + build card houses – Stand the books up, lay them on top of each other, just have your boys use their imagination and build houses using books. My brother builds them all over my parent’s basement and it keeps his nieces and nephews occupied and quiet for a super long time!
14. Educational Video - maybe you need some super duper quiet time but you don't want your child watching just any old show or movie. Well, it is always helpful to have them watch something that will educate them and that they will learn from. Planet Earth immediately comes to mind as an example.
15. Cut out images from a magazine to create their own scene – give your boys a magazine that is more boy oriented – wildlife, scenic wonders – and let them cut out different images from the magazine and use the pictures to create their own image on a piece of construction paper.