Quick prep of educational quiet time activity for young kids

We know all mums are very busy, but did you know using just 5 minutes you can prepare an easy educational quiet time activity for your little one to learn and play?

Today I am going to share with you one of my all time favourite, a simple “Look and Find” activity.


  • Paper (any plain paper will do)
  • Coloured pens

How to do it:

  1. On a piece of paper draw a picture with simple outline and huge empty space inside the picture (so that you can fill in the patterns as explained later).
  2. Fill in the items you would like your little one to look for (see my ideas below)
  3. Write down a simple instruction on the top.

That’s it. Very simple.

The reason why this is one of my favourites is that it is very versatile. Here are some of my suggestions.

  • Christmas
  • Chinese New Year
  • Easter
  • Transportation etc…

Items to look for (for young toddlers):

  • Alphabets
  • Numbers (numerals)
  • Shapes
  • Colours

Items to look for (for older kids):

  • Numbers (in words, English, Chinese, and other languages)
  • Sight words

Size of the paper:

  • Normal A4 paper as a morning work activity for example
  • Or stick several pieces of A4 together and make it as a huge piece of paper, it would be great fun for a playdate / party game

This simple activity helps your child on:

  • concentration
  • visual spacial awareness
  • vocabs
  • self esteem (when the task is complete )
I always draw the picture with simple outline and big empty space inside for me to fill in the items
I made this one for my son to get familar with the Chinese numbers
Here I stuck 4 pieces of A4 together. Kids get very excited when they are working on a big piece of paper.


Learning is fun and inexpensive.


This article is also published on Playtimes HK .

10 Comments on “Quick prep of educational quiet time activity for young kids

  1. Great idea and so easy! This would be fantastic to give to my four year old while helping the big kids with homework.

  2. I love this idea! I also love how simple it is to set up! Thanks for sharing!

    Josephine | Better as Us

  3. As a mom Iā€™m often forget about the simple way to do things because I think that I need to make something reusable or that 5 minutes is longer than it really is. Thanks for the simple activity.

  4. This is a great inexpensive idea! You are also working on fine motor! Thanks for sharing! I probably never would have thought of doing this myself.

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