Put velcro dots on the ends of popsicle sticks. Kids can make letters or shapes over and over again.

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Teaching shapes using popsicle sticks.....number represent the number of each shape's sides (ie: square has 4 sides)

Everything You Need To Know About Quiet Time Boxes. Why to use them, how to make them, what to put in them, and more!

lacing shapes

why you should make quiet boxes and how to get started

Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them. Kids will stay busy for hours! My boys love magnets

Great list of quiet time activities. She also home schools her kids so she is really on the ball!

Simply Montessori: Do-A-Dot Marker Activities & Free Printables! letters, shapes, pictures, sight words, etc.

These quiet time activities are perfect for BUSY BOYS!

Popsicle Puzzles

Read this post to learn how to create "quiet room time" when your kids no longer nap, but Mom still needs a daily break! Great for the younger kids when the older ones go back to school. From Your Own Home Store. http://www.yourownhomestore.com/quiet-room-time/

This is a great activity for practicing pre-writing skills such as "down", "over", "around", etc., shapes, and even more advanced writing skills - like letters. In addition, it offers a great therapeutic/calming effect for some children and can be a sensory activity just for the sake of sensory.

54 Mess Free Quiet time activities for preschoolers! Looking for rest time ideas for your 3 year old? Check out all of these ideas for quiet, independent play perfect for little ones who are too big to nap, but still need a rest. www.HowWeeLearn.com

Marble Races with a cheap pool noodle (kids would be occupied for hours.)

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A straw plane - like a paper airplane, but...not. An easy craft/experiment made with stuff you most likely have on hand...Let's see how long THIS keeps the kiddos occupied...!

These quiet boxes are simple and perfect for preschoolers. Great busy boxes for rest time, to beat the witching hour, or for anytime when little ones might need some quiet structure.

Free set of 12 printable popsicle stick puzzles/pattern sheets for pre-school workbox

50 Busy Box Ideas for Preschoolers || The Chirping Moms

Upper Case Do-A-Dot Letters