These quiet toys for toddlers are perfect for church, a wedding, travel, or even just quiet time at home! They are also great to transition older toddlers out of nap time and into quiet time. These toys are not only quiet but many of them are also small and portable so you can avoid being the loud family on the plane or having the screaming toddler in the middle of the wedding vows. These toys have truly been game changers for me and I hope they are for you too!
This post is all about the best quiet toys for toddlers!
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The Best Quiet Toys for Toddlers
Spike the Fine-Motor Hedge Hog | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #1
Spike the fine-motor hedgehog is a great toy for toddlers of any age to work on fine motor skills and can even help older toddlers work on counting, patterns, and colors. Even though it’s got the little spikes to account for, I’ve found this toy to be great for travel since the spikes store inside of it. If you want to make this toy even quieter, we have started putting pom poms through the holes for the spikes instead!
Locks & Latches Puzzle | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #2
This wooden Locks & Latches Puzzle from Melissa and Doug is great for curious and mischievous little toddlers who love to get into everything. Just make sure that you don’t have anything off limits in your house with these locks on it before you let them learn how to use all of these locks!
Buckle Toy | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #3
Not only are buckle toys like this one big hits with any toddler, they are also great tools for helping kids learn to buckle things on their own. They help develop fine motor skills and even color matching. This buckle toy is extra great for travel cause it can easily clip onto any stroller or bag.
Caterpillar Gear Toy | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #4
My son got this Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Gear Toy for his birthday and he’s loved it since. It’s also been a great tool for my toddler to start learning colors and matching. While this toy is a little harder to take on the go, you can easily toss the gears in a bag together if you want to take it with you.
Custom Name Puzzle | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #5
Plush Fishing & Count Game | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #6
This Plush Fishing Game from Melissa & Doug is easy to use with both younger and older toddlers. You can simply fish with it at first and then start practicing matching, sorting, and counting with your toddler as they get older.
Bug Jug | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #7
It’s crazy just how much toddlers love putting things inside of something. (I find the weirdest stuff in my toaster sometimes) This bug jug has been a huge hit with my toddler since he was little. Each of the bugs does something different. Some crinkle, some rattle, and some squeak!
Fabric Books | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #8
There are tons of fabric kids books out there and they are all great quiet time toys for toddlers. The “My Quiet Book,” is one that is also a great learning tool to help toddlers learn to tell time, tie their shoes, button, zipper, and match shapes and colors. It also comes with a free washing bag so you can pop it in the washing machine whenever something gets spilled on it (because we all know it’s inevitable).
Dimpl Toy | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #9
Drawing Board | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #10
An oldie but a goodie, the classic magnetic drawing board. I loved playing with these as a kid and my toddler loves playing with them now too. This one is a travel sized magnetic drawing board to make it a great quiet toy for anywhere on the go.
Melissa & Doug Puffy REstickable Stickers | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #11
It’s honestly amazing how well the Melissa and Doug’s Restickable Stickers work! We keep them in our diaper bag at all times! They will keep your toddler entertained for a lot longer than most toys and they can easily slide into the diaper bag without taking up too much space. They also work great as a quiet toy for toddlers in church!
Wooden Lacing Toy | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #12
This apple and worm wooden lacing toy is great for your toddler’s hand eye coordination and fine motor development. Plus, it’s way more heavy duty than most lacing cards but still easy to take on the go.
Water Wow | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #13
If you have never bought one of Melissa & Doug’s Water Wow Coloring Books, you definitely need to! All you do is fill the pen with water and then your toddler gets to color mess free anywhere that you go! Once the page dries, it’s ready to be colored again! It’s better than a regular coloring book because you don’t need to have any crayons or markers with you, there’s no mess or marker stains all over their body, and they can color their favorite page over and over again!
Color Blast Book | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #14
A relative of the water wow book, the Melissa & Doug Color Blast Coloring Book is another amazing quiet toddler toy for at home and on the go. This one comes with an invisible ink pen that reveals the color of the page everywhere it is used to color. The ink can’t stain your carpets or furniture and only shows up when it is used on this special paper!
Bristle Blocks | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #15
These bristle blocks are not only quiet, but they are great to increase your toddler’s fine motor skills and creativity. They connect together at any angle and are so easy to use for even the smallest hands. These blocks also come in a cannister for easy storage. You can easily throw some blocks in a sandwich bag to take with you on the go too!
Fabric Tissue Box | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #16
Every mom has caught their toddler pulling every last tissue out of a tissue box. It’s insanely frustrating in the moment but that’s exactly what makes this fabric tissue box the perfect quiet toy for young toddlers. I personally wanted ours extra full so I cut and added a ton of my own fabric squares to it from old jeans and clothes! It’s super flexible and easy to throw in your diaper bag.
Chunky Wood Puzzles | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #17
Lift a Flap Books | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #18
Lift a flap books are great quiet activities for toddlers at home and on the go. This Trucks Lift a Flap Book is my sons personal favorite. It’s got three or four flaps on every page so it’s great when we need to kill time in a quiet place!
Mr. Potato Head Super Spud| Quiet Toys for Toddlers #19
We recently bought this Mr. Potato Head Super Spud and added it to our quiet toys collection. This set is a ton of fun because it comes with so many different pieces and accessories to choose from! While you probably don’t want to take this whole set with you when you go out, you can easily take part of it since it comes with two regular sized and two small potato heads.
Shape Sorter| Quiet Toys for Toddlers #20
This take along shape sorter has soft sides which makes it a whole lot quieter than a lot of the other wooden shape sorters. It’s a great quiet toy to teach shapes and the handle makes it easy to carry on the go.
Roll & Play GAme | Quiet Toys for Toddlers #21
This Roll and Play Kids Game is a great quiet toy that you and your toddler can play with together. It’s also a great game to play as a family as it works for kids of all ages! Simply roll the cube and then pick up a card with the same color the cube landed on. Each color card is a different category. The blue ones work on colors, the green ones practice animal sounds, the red ones are fun actions, the purple ones work on identifying body parts, the orange ones are counting, and the yellow ones teach the different emotions. My toddler has learned tons playing this game and we’ve made a lot of fun memories too!
Creating a Quiet Corner
Creating a quiet corner in your home can be hugely beneficial for both you and your toddler! I recently created a quiet corner in our house in preparation for a newborn hopefully getting some sleep. But a quiet corner can also be a great way to help your toddler transition out of naps or transition to shorter naps. Not only does teaching your toddler to have quiet time benefit their development, but it also gives you a moment to breath.
A Cute Place to Store it All
The first thing you’ll need to start your quiet corner is a cute place to store all your toddlers new quiet toys. I personally loved the look of this Toys Tote! And if you happen to have a lot of puzzles like we do, a wire puzzle rack can be a great way to organize them all. If you prefer to store your puzzles upright in a bin or basket, you can also check out my puzzle storage mom hack.
Plenty of Books
Books are a must have for any quiet corner. Set your toddler up with lots of different types of books on lots of topics to help them both learn and expand their interests. My article on Reading Books to Toddlers has a huge list of all our favorite books and tons of interactive ones your toddler will love too!
While a tent definitely isn’t a must for a quiet corner, it can be a fun place for your toddler to read and play with their quiet toys. This teepee tent would be an adorable addition to any playroom or quiet corner. It will help quiet time feel special for your little one.
A comfy Place to Sit
If you choose not to get a tent, you may want to consider looking at a comfy toddler chair or a bean bag for your toddler to sit in. Quiet toys and books are far better when enjoyed in comfort!
This post was all about the best quiet toys for toddlers and I hope it lets both you and your toddler have a little bit of quiet time.