Quiet Time: Nuts and Bolts

Last week I talked about our quiet time routine. It is, knock on wood, still working for us. As I mentioned, each day his quiet time bag is filled with a snack, water, a book, and an activity or two. The activities are only available for quiet time and I rotate them, he never sees the same activity two days in a row.

One of his favorites in the rotation is a simple one to put together. All you have to do is take a little stroll down the aisles at a friendly, neighborhood hardware store (or a big box will do).

Gather a bunch of different nuts, bolts, washers and wing nuts. Give them to your toddler. Yep, that’s it.

We got some of the really big ones, our largest bolt is 3/4 inch and it is definitely his favorite at the moment. Most likely it is because it is the easiest for him to manipulate.

He twists, he turns, he clinks them together.

Simple and easy, just the way I like it.

I have another activity to share tomorrow, but we’re on the hunt for a few more. Any ideas? Got any good activities for the 2+ crowd that can be done unsupervised?

  • http://www.touchstonez.com Zoie @ TouchstoneZ

    Thank you. This is a great idea for a quiet time activity. Have you visited A Magical Childhood? I love her ideas: http://www.magicalchildhood.com/index2.htm

    My favorite list of toddler quiet time is this one: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/preschool_activities.htm


  • http://www.theparentvortex.com Michelle @ The Parent Vortex

    What an excellent idea! I’m totally interested in hearing more of these ideas too – I have a 2yo who is a very busy little person herself and I would love to put out a few new activities just for her while her 4yo sister and I do a project.


  • smallfriendly

    Great idea! My son (he’s a little younger) loves measuring things with his small tape measurer – he’ll happily pull it out and size up anything and everything around.


  • http://bambinosteps.com Kimberly

    Awesome. My son is super interested in the nuts and bolts featured on his robot dinner plate and points out screws and things when out and about. This is great; thanks!