Preschooler Activities That Are Quick To Set Up

Sometimes you just need a minute to yourself -- that's where these activities come in!

Sometimes you just need a minute to yourself, to get some things done (I've been there -- I AM there!) and that is where these preschooler activities come into play. They can buy you a little quiet time, even if it's just 30 minutes.

One time I read that having a house with kids is like always living in the lobby of your college dorm, and I can totally see that, so use these activities to steal a little time to yourself (clean, read or just relax!).

LEGO Preschool Activities

Let your kids go crazy with any of these 20+ activities involving legos. They will certainly keep a child busy!

Your children can be engineers with these Goldiblox building kits (they come with plans!)

Toilet Paper Roll Activities

Any of these ideas will let your child explore and play with their imaginations ¦ (or at least get you a few minutes to go to the bathroom alone! haha! (via beautythroughimperfection)

Let them make Toilet Roll Ninjas and play with them.

Or let them dress up with these Superhero Cuffs made from toilet paper rolls. It is adorable! Pair it with a cape and your kids are all set for 30 minutes of 'pretend play'.

Make little vehicles like a Toilet Paper Roll Train Craft or even this Airplane (so easy to make!)
(via YourModernFamily).

Be scientists! If you have a lot of toilet paper rolls, let your kids build a dinosaur skeleton. (via YourModernFamily). Just print out a picture for them to copy.

Our son would love making this Toilet Paper Snake!

Pretend Play Activities

Dramatic Play Time! Make a Pretend City with Paper Bags - your kids are going to love this activity!

Grab a few trains or matchbox cars, a $1 shower curtain and a Sharpie and Make a racetrack - your kids will love helping and they will love playing with it even more!

Our kids love to use our DIY water table with some measuring cups, spoons and straws. They mix, pour, create, "make recipes" and more! (Ps- in the winter, I keep this in our garage because the cold weather isn't going to stop our creative juices from flowing!)

I would have loved this when I was little- a Dress Up Dolls Free Kids Printable. Wouldn't you? I think any child would love it, too!

Fine Motor Play

Fine Motor Play with straws is always easy to set up and fun for the kids to play! If you have straws, you are all set!

Use those straws to Build a (Jumbo) Marshmallow Tower - this reminds me of an episode of Curious George- I can see him doing this!

Here 3 Fun, Fall Busy Bags (I would personally use them for quiet time AND I would take these with me when we were going out ¦ like to church!)

This next one is awesome, too. I have used the Felt Face Game for my play therapy clients.

When you need an activity that is ready to go, you could always grab this Portable Activity Binder - it is perfect to use at home or when you are going out (restaurant, church, grandma's house)

This little early math lesson is so easy to put together- you just need those little pom-poms and a muffin tin.
(via beautythroughimperfection)

Creative Preschool Activities

Use the creative coloring pages and crafts in this HUGE alphabet learning resource, Fun With Letters to occupy your preschoolers. It is almost 500 pages of fun that preschoolers can do both on their own and with the help of parents! Plus, they are learning the whole time!

This DIY Invention Box is a huge hit in our house. We use this almost daily and we just add little things to it whenever we see something that would be a great fit!

Make your own abstract coloring pages for endless ways to color and to create.

Let the kids make an apple out of paper ¦ (just stay in the room because kids + glue = mess ¦ but remember that kids+ mess= fun!)
(via beautythroughimperfection)

Make a Fun Activity Box and let your kids play with it- it will entertain your preschoolers for hours!

Check out these closet toys- sure to get you 30 minutes of uninterrupted playtime!
(via Beautythroughimperfection)

Give them this quiet book and just let them decide what they are going to do- don't offer suggestions, just let them create. (via The Realistic Mama)

My sister-in-law made this Coloring Book with our Pictures for me last Christmas and the kids LOVED it! Make one for your kids & it will keep them busy for quite a while!
(via beautythroughimperfection)

Free Printable Preschool Activities

You can always print out these 4 {Crazy} Funky Monster Coloring Pages - this is fun & keeps them busy!

These Printable Animal Puzzles are adorable and perfect for your kiddos (they might need a little help at first, but then you can let them try it on their own!) (via ItsyBitsyFun)

These File Folder Games are great, too. I used to use them all of the time when I was a teacher. (via itsybitsyfun)

You can make your own 3D shape sorter and let your kids play with it during their quiet time. (Teach them a little Shape song, too. I love to find new ones on YouTube.)

Print out a picture of your child and let them color themselves - our kids like to turn themselves into Ninjas or add cotton balls & turn themselves into Santa!

Play Recipes for Preschoolers

I like to use this Edible Play Dough Recipe with Only 3 Ingredients because you know that even if they take a bite, it is not going to harm them at all.

I keep all of my play dough (even my pumpkin pie scented play dough) in this play-doh box .
(via yourmodernfamily)

Our softest play dough ever is something you shouldn't miss!


While I do love to take an electronic break for a week, there are times when electronics come to the rescue! If I have an important phone call to make or if I really need to get something done, I know that electronics are going to be my best friend.

Here is a great list of Apps for Kids to get you started.

If you are looking for educational apps, I would go with these ones.

Of course, there is always my top Netflix picks that are all kid-friendly. When you aren't busy, make sure that you are keeping your kids engaged while they watch TV.

Sometimes I just need an hour to myself, so all of these activities are quick-set-up activities that give your kids time to play alone. I hope that you enjoyed this today ¦

We all need quiet time now & then. Thank you for sharing these and thank you for remembering to take a minute for you. Ok -- go ahead, Mama -- enjoy your quiet time & when you are done, you will be more refreshed & ready to play!