My sister, Stephanie, and I came up with this Quiet Activity Book for our kids to play with when we need them to be quiet, especially during church. It is the perfect activity for them to play with for up to 20 minutes. All you need is Felt squares, a glue gun, fabric markers, and a few embellishments. It only took us an hour or two to put together, unless you are a perfectionist like my other sister, Sue! The best part is that there is NO Sewing!! I did sew on the zipper, but you could hot glue it.
Here is your supply list for the Quiet Book:
3 Book rings
2 colored felt squares and 5-6 white felt squares (purchased at any craft store, then cut to form a square)
Scrapes of all colors of felt for some of the embelishments
Hot glue and Glue gun – have a bowl of ice water near you when you use a hot glue gun!
10 inches of Velcro
Fabric markers (any one color or all colors)
Webbing Strap with Buckle (we cut these off some old pants, or Craft store)
One shoe lace
6 Buttons, all different colors
6 pieces of yarn, same color
2 “googly” craft eyes
1 5-6 inch zipper
4-6 gold craft coins
First cut all of your felt to the same size squares. Then write a title with your markers on the cover for the title. I named my Quiet book, “Look What I Can Do”. I love the title because everything in this Quiet book can help your child’s learning, as well as help them stay quiet. Who doesn’t love that? My sister named hers after her child, “_______’s Quiet Book”, or you can name it whatever you want.
Page 1: I just drew a gingerbread man, but do more if you’re artistic. Then cut the buckle to fit the page and hot glue each end to either side of the man.
Page 2: I drew a house, then hot glued two rectangles for doors and hot glued the velcro on the doors and the white felt. You could glue in a picture of your family inside the house.
Page 3: Cut out 6 shapes out of colored felt and trace them onto the white felt. Then glue the velcro in place. I also wrote the name and color of the shape to help with learning.
Page 4: Draw the shape of a shoe, then cut out two rectangle and glue them in place. With scissors, make 3-4 holes on each side of the rectangles and lace up the shoe lace. You can hot glue the center of the shoelace in place, so that it never comes all the way out.
Page 5: Draw strings for 6 balloons. Then glue your 6 buttons in place. Cut 6 balloon shaped felt pieces and cut a slit in the center of each.
Page 6: Draw the face of a girl with bangs. Then glue the yarn, 3 on each side, to the top sides of her head. Then glue on the googly eyes on.
Page 7: Cut out a mitten that would fit your child’s hand. Then hot glue the mitten to the white felt, leaving the bottom open.
Page 8: Cut 2 triangles out of felt. Then glue, or sew, the zipper on each side. Hot glue it to the white felt in the shaper of a tent. Then draw a fun camping scene on the felt.
Page 9: Cut out a pig from pink felt and glue him on, all around. I used pink yarn for his tail. Then cut a slit at the top of him for the coins to go in. Then cut a green square and glue at the top, leaving the top open. I glued velcro inside the green square, so the coins wouldn’t fall out.
Page 10: Trace a 4 piece puzzle onto the white felt. Then trace and cut out one puzzle piece for 4 different colors. Then glue velcro on for it to make a match. I ended up coloring around the velcro to help my child find the puzzle easier.
To finish off the Quiet Book, cut 3 small slits into each page, about 1 inch in from the edge. Place the felt book in order and place the 3 Book Rings on.
Now you have it. It may seem like a lot of steps, but it does go fast, and you come out with a great Quiet Book. Have fun and remember to put it in the church bag!
I love this idea. I’m a mom of four boys and I’m constantly looking for ways and ideas to keep them quietly busy at church. I was wondering how do these hold up with boys? I also am going to use this idea for a super Saturday craft idea. Thank you for sharing your ideas.
I LOVE this!! I can’t sew and have really been wanting to make one of these, but heard they were such a pain. This doesn’t look bad at all and turned out looking so adorable.
My only question is, does the velcro end up being loud in church? The file folder velcroed games I have make loud sounds when you tear pieces off. What am I doing wrong? Or does it end up being quieter just because you’re using felt and not a file folder?
Thanks for you comment. For the velcro, I buy a softer type of velcro that is actually pretty quiet to use. I’m not sure of the exact name of velcro. But I have also used the other kind of velcro in a church setting and it doesn’t seem to be a big deal. In my church, there is already a lot of noise :)
I really liked this book. Im in a child development class right now and i have to do a quiet book. I think im going to use it for my nephew later on but It helped me figure out what materials i needed for this project because i had no idea what i was doing thanks =)
Thanks for sharing this idea–you are so creative!!! My little girls LOVE quiet books, and I know they’re going to adore this one as well. Can’t wait to get started!
I love your book. I am not a sewer so this is perfect for me. Thanks
Hey thanks for the great ideas all the other site that I looked up were way to complicated with a sewing machine and measure this and that. i just want something I can do quick and you really gave me some wonderful ideas. Thanks Again!
I love the different ideas that you have in your quiet book. I just attempted one for myself, they are a lot of work, but oh so much fun-both to make and for the kids to play with. Check mine out at leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com
Thanks for the quiet book posting. We decided to go to a different church service and take our kids with us, then send them to Sunday School during the next service. The first week of having them with us in church was a disaster! I searched online about quiet books and found your site. Then I made them for my kids and they worked great during church. This past Sunday with the quiet books was a dream! I actually took notes during church and the kids were so well behaved!
I had a book with many of the same pages when I was a kid. I so wish my mom had hung on to it, but alas, almost 30 years later, I think it’s gone for good. Now you have inspired me to make my own for my daughter. Thanks so much!
I’ve always loved the page in the quiet book with the face, the short hair on top and the jewish braids on the sides. (I don’t even know what they are called.) Hey, if the weather gets good, we should have a barbecue sometime really, really soon.
My kids are pretty crazy… I’ll give it a try and let you know if it works.