DS1&2 are 2.5yrs old and 5. After lunch they usually have rest time on the couch. I will put a movie on for them.
In the morning we do other activities like: visit the library, swimming lessons, play inside, or we go shopping... depends on the day.
In the afternoon we either go to the park, play in the back yard or play inside.
They do have time to play on their own to in-between.
Sometimes they like to play for around 20min on the iphone or ipad (games), but I always say...ok it's time to play something else (e.g. Lego with me) or It's time for a snack, so put the ipad away.
Do others show a movie at rest time? Any other suggestions?
I love my free time to prepare dinner and catch up on some cleaning but feel guilty for the extra screen time!
EDIT: DS1 attends kinder (2 full days)
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09-10-2014 09:21 #1
"Rest time" for 3-5 years olds still at home
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09-10-2014 09:30 #2Senior Member
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My 4.5 year old has "quiet time" in the afternoons whilst my 18 month old has his afternoon nap.
She takes the I pad into my bedroom with a throw rug, lays on my bed and watches abc for kids on the iview app.
She goes to kindy a couple of days per week so she has quiet time on her non kindy days.
09-10-2014 09:41 #3-
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My 3yo dd is home fulltime and she watches a movie for a rest in the afternoon.
09-10-2014 10:58 #4
DDis 4.5 and has quiet time when DS is sleeping. She watches 15-30mins of TV while i put him down for his nap then we do quiet activities together. Reading, craft, etc. Then we turn the tv on again for 15-30 mins at 5pm while I do dinner.
ETA we sometimes put a movie on for her if she seems really tired.
Last edited by sajimum; 09-10-2014 at 11:13.
09-10-2014 11:07 #5
My 20mo sleeps 2-3hours over lunch and during that time when nearly 5yo DD isn't at preschool she has down time by eating lunch, watching tv/iPad or doing reading eggs, lots of craft happens at this time so it isn't ruined by little bro!
09-10-2014 11:13 #6
09-10-2014 13:22 #7Senior Member
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I just sent mine to their rooms for quiet play with their toys. No running/jumping allowed.
09-10-2014 14:13 #8
My 4yo also has quite time while 18mo dd has her day nap, he will watch a movie or abc2, paint, craft, or will go outside have a picnic or work in the garden together.
09-10-2014 14:27 #9
There are apps on iPhone too I believe.
She starts school next year and is just at that "I want to read" stage as her cousin can read menus when out and she wants to know how to read the icecream one
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