Don’t we all (me included) dream of making an amazing quiet book? Here’s a run-down from a friend, Kendra, who tackled one. She did it as a craft exchange and it looks great! She’s been kind enough to share some Quiet Book Ideas and info with us.
Why NOT to make a Quiet Book
I had often seen the so – called “Quiet Books” being used to entertain kids during church meetings… and I always admired them from afar. I secretly wanted to have one for my children however, I KNEW that there was NO WAY that I could ever make one of them. Because…
a. I am NOT a seamstress.
b. I am not “crafty” or “creative”
c. I am a perfectionist and never satisfied with the end product anyway
d. I am notoriously NOT a craft “finisher”. I get excited about projects… get started and then… get overwhelmed… lose momentum… and never finish.
Anyway, to make a long story short – this last semester I decided to prove myself wrong – and COMPLETE a Quiet Book.
Quiet Book Exchange
-A friend and I organized a “Quiet Book Exchange” and we looked through LOTS of Quiet Book page ideas and templates; we chose our favorite 18 pages.
-Next, we rounded up a group of 9 women – who committed to make 2 Quiet Book pages nine times each.
-Finally, we set a deadline – the date for the page swap, so that we could all exchange our finished pages and end up with a complete set of the 18 pages.
We decided to do the “Quiet Book Exchange” to try to simplify the project (if you do a page once then it is easier to do it the next 8 times), save some money by “mass producing”, and also encourage us to get it done on time since other people are counting on us. The whole concept worked out wonderfully.
Quiet Book Covers
Quiet Book Ideas
The two pages that I contributed to the Quiet Book Exchange.
The shoe page.
I got to learn how to put eyelets in. Fun stuff.
Lift five flaps to reveal family pictures placed inside of plastic pockets.
The flowers come on and off the buttons.
This page uses snaps to match the shapes to their outline.
Four different hidden pockets are all great hiding places for the dog’s bone.
6 different ice cream flavors can be hooked on and off of the ice cream cone to make delicious combinations.
The gumballs come off and velcro back on to a matching circle of the same color.
Two different puzzles are stored in the pocket and put together on the puzzle board.
The mailbox opens and there is a felt envelope inside that you can really open and put a note inside.
The baseball velcros into place on the mitt – and the kids can put their hands in the glove to “catch” it.
Quiet Book Instructions
My Quiet Book Thoughts:
Whew – my goal when I started the Quiet Book process was to give a FINISHED product to Isaac for Christmas. And guess what?? I did it!!!! I may have sewn the Quiet Book cover on Christmas Eve morning… but it is done! I set a goal, faced the overwhelming, worked consistently on it, didn’t give up, and I achieved it. Looks like I might just be a “finisher” after all. 🙂
Just reading her post inspires me to want to make one – she makes it seem so doable. How about you??
UPDATE: Here are some other great sites where lots of ideas come from:
*Naptime had a really cute cover