I made a quiet book for Little Miss for her second birthday. A quiet book is designed to keep a child’s attention with various activities, usually involving fine motor skills. I’ve personally used ours while out to dinner, or while visiting someone who doesn’t necessarily have a “child friendly” home. Or, when I’m worried she may get into a little too much mischief.
I hand sewed all the pages, except for when I sewed them back to back, in which case I used a sewing machine. It was a great learning experience, and it took me about a month and a half to complete, while only working on it during the evenings. I tried to keep my costs low by using what I had on hand.
Here are some of the pages:
This is the Title Page. The letters were bought precut, and had an adhesive on the back, which made working with them easier, although sewing them was a pain.
The Clothes Line Page. The little clothes pegs do actually work, and the apples snap off and go in the basket.
This page was designed to practice weaving.
This Flower Page allows LM to remove the flowers (practice using buttons), and the butterflies go along the string “maze”.
The Shoelace Page to practice doing up your shoelaces.
This is a Colour Chain Page to practice colours, and each link snaps into itself.
The Alphabet Page. I wrote the lower case letters onto the felt, and the upper case letters are kept in the back of the book (see the Last Page at the bottom). The only tricky part is that these are also adhesive stickers. I left the backing on them, hoping that she would just leave them be, but no such luck. I’m going to try to remove the adhesive with Goo Gone, so we’ll see how that goes.
The Button Page. This page was created to practice counting and shapes. This is very near and dear to me, because these are from a collection of buttons my mom had on hand, and some of them are from clothing I had when I was little. I told you I tried to keep costs low 😉
The Tetris Page. I added a few extra pieces, just for fun 🙂
Spell My Name Page was created so that she could practice spelling her name. Unfortunately, I am currently having the same issue I did with the alphabet page, where the backing has been taken off. A slight modification of removing the glue will hopefully work.
The Fishing Page! One of my absolute favourites. The “fishing pole” is made from a chop stick, and had a magnet glued to the end of a string. Inside each of the fish is a magnet, so she can go “fishing”. There is an opening at the top of the pond, so the fish live there when not in use.
The Oh Canada Page. Another one of my favourites. My daughter loves to sing O Canada, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate that into the book. This page was designed to practice using a zipper (on the tent).
The Last Page. This is where the alphabet is stored when not in use.
I forgot to take a couple of pictures of pages, so if you like, you can watch a video of the full book, along with a bit more detail, here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I really enjoyed the creative outlet this provided. My husband challenged me a couple of times to add more detail (the lilies in the fishing pond, and the fire on the Canada page), which I naturally took on 🙂