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Naptime ended last fall with my middle child & with the new year, I decided it was time for me to restructure that afternoon nap time and get him back into his room for a little “me time” (and give me a chance to catch up on things around the house or take a break without any little ones at my feet and have my own “me time”). A little time to rest and recharge goes a long way for a mama! So, I decided to create some “Me Time” boxes. While this mom has her own “me time”, my son will be doing “me time” in his room with his “me time” box. So today, I will be sharing a simple idea on how to make this time fun for all!
For the “Me Time” boxes, I headed to the craft store & bought 5 medium tupperware boxes. I didn’t want the really small ones because I knew that I would easily fill, so I was happy to find the size I wanted on sale! I created a label for each day & adhered to the box. Before the week begins, I fill each box with 4-5 items that will keep him busy for at least an hour. I try to pick things from the different categories below.
To start “Me Time”, I read three books aloud to him from the shelves in his room(just like I did before nap!). And then, I introduce each item in the box & make sure he understands each one. All the toys & supplies have been used before, but just to remind him of the use of each one Then, say good-bye & out I go! So far, this strategy has given me a free 1 – 1/2 hours to catch up on life while I know he is having fun & staying out of trouble in his room. Below, I have listed fifty ideas on what to rotate in and out of boxes to keep your kids engaged & I would love to hear ideas of your own!
“Me Time” Box Ideas
Books & Magazines
I try to pick reading material that they haven’t seen in awhile so it is new & novel. This is a great time to introduce them to new books or allow them to explore books of their interest on their own.
Books on Tape
Puzzles & Games
Dry Erase Board & Markers
Notebook & Pencil to Practice Writing
Motor Skill Toys & Tools
Small Materials (Pom-Poms, Feathers, Etc) with Tongs, Muffin Tins, Spoons, Etc.
Mini Characters & Little People
Miniature Animal Sets
Coloring Pads/Books & Crayons
Stamps & Inkpads
Small Craft Kits from Craft Store
Set of Blocks
Magnet Set & Cookie Sheet
Make Your Own Busy Bag Sets
I Spy Bag
Little People or Imaginext Sets
We hope this inspires you to create your own “me time” boxes for your little ones!