Back to Basics – Q is for…

Q is for Quiet Time

Back to BasicsWe’re going Quiet this week on Back to basics with some simple ideas for Back to Basics play that is wind down time. Both J and T dropped naps relatively early – T around 18 months and J around 22 months so we swapped the nap time for some quiet time play and activities. Back to Basics on Rainy Day Mum is sponsored by Zulily UK – with up to 90% off big name brands and unique products for kids, mums and the home they are my go to place for new things.


Quiet Time Activities

By far one of our favourite quiet time activities is reading – I’ve added a bean bag to our lounge with the book storage box and a basket of books as well beside and if T hasn’t disappeared up to her room to read by herself the two of them can be found on the bean bags seeing what books there is the basket and box.


grafix giant animal alphabet floor puzzle

We’ve recently discovered proper puzzles (as in Christmas) and J loves sitting doing them during quiet time. One of the first half of the Back to Basic Series focused on jigsaws.


Baby playing with homemade play dough

Yes I know it was only last week that I did Back to Basics P is for playdough but it really is one of the best activities – set up on the table J or T will go and relax. How about making it even more relaxing and make your own aromatherapy playdough especially for quiet time activities.

Doodles and drawing


I set up our dining table with some paper, pens, pencils and crayons every day so that J and T can go and draw, doodle and create when ever they want to. When T used to nap I would find J at the table scribbling and drawing relaxing.


Sometimes our quiet time is spent snuggled up on the sofa together with a movie on or the TV. We have DVD’s that we put on to watch and record programmes to our satellite box to watch at a later date and sometimes our quiet time is spent with the 3 of us sitting together watching them and occasionally the quiet time turns from quiet time to an unheard of nap time and I get to drink a hot cup of coffee once in a while.

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum