16 Nap Time Play Ideas
Looking for some calming activities for kids? We have a great list of calming activities perfect for kids of all ages, but particularly younger kids like toddlers, preschoolers, and even kindergarteners. Whether at home or at school your child’s day is very stimulating, so help them settle down for nap time with these calming activities and nap games for kids.
Calming Activities For Kids
Getting your kids to calm down during a nap time, with the hopes that they will actually sleep is sometimes easier said than done.
These activities are perfect for the in-between nappers.
They are able to be enjoyed independently. They are quiet… AND low-mess.
Calming Activities for Kids
1. Tanagram Activities
Playing with Tanagrams. Create a set of tanagrams from scrapbook paper and magnetic paper. These take up very little room and can entertain your kids for awhile.
2. Themed Basket Activities
Baskets of Fun. Create different sets of baskets for your kids to play with similarly themed objects. Pull a different basket out each nap time.
3. Lacing Activities
Fine Motor skills – Lacing. Create a set of lacing cards. With shoelaces, these become a great way to work on fine motor skills, quietly.
4. Castle Caddy Activity
Castle Caddy. This folding castle is great for on-the-go activities. The link is a destination where you can purchase the plans to make your own.
5. DIY Puzzle Activity
DIY Puzzle Blocks. Simple and fun! Paint blocks with a variety of designs. Your kids can create an array of patterns with the finished product.
6. Pom Pom Sorting Activity
Pom-Pom Sorting. My kids *love* doing this. All you need is a giant bag of pom-poms.
Quiet Time Activities For Kids
7. DIY Band Bracelet Activity
Band Bracelet Craze. Older kids (at least mine) love to sit *for hours* making bracelet creations for themselves and all their friends.
8. Straw Game and Activity
Fine Motor Play with straws. All you need is a colander and a handful (or three) of straws your kids will be quiet for hours.
9. I- Spy Calming Bottle Activity
I-Spy Bottle. Take a collection of charms and make an I-Spy bottle from them.
10. Felt Face Game and Activity
Felt Face Game. A CD is a great way to keep, store and play with felt. Use shapes to make silly faces.
11. Monster Tub Activity
Monster Tub Transformation. Keep fun quiet toys inside a “monster” – pull the bin out when you especially need the kids to be quiet during naptime.
Nap Game Ideas To Help Kids Settle Down
12. Nuts and Bolts Matching Activity
Matching Game – Nuts and bolts – a collection of bolts of different sizes, and nuts will keep the builder in your life occupied during quiet-time. Obviously, this activity is only for kids who no longer put small objects into their mouths.
13. Yarn and Sandpaper Activity
Yarn and Sandpaper. This has entertained our kids on road trips for hours. Give your kids a sheet of sandpaper and a collection of colorful scraps of yarn. They will be busy making shapes and designs.
14. Quiet-Time Box Activity
Quiet-time Box. Make nap-time toys a single “destination”. Bring a special box of activities out only during quiet hour.
15. Popsicle Stick Puzzle Holder Activity
Popsicle Stick Puzzle Holder. We love our Popsicle stick puzzles. They are super easy to play with. This is a carrier roll to help you and your child organize the puzzles.
16. Pool Noodle Block Activity
Pool Noodle Blocks. We threw out our old pool noodles. I should have kept them and created a set of blocks like these – durable, fun to build with and safe/soft!
More Quiet Time and Calming Activites For Kids From Kids Activities Blog
- Check out this giant list of fun quiet time games and activities for kids.
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- Take a look at these calming activities for kids.
- This felt craft is a great quiet time activity.
- Wow, this calming coloring page is a great way to unwind.
- Sesame Street deep breathing activities are a perfect way to calm down.
What other calming activities work for your kids?