I wanted to create something special for my nephew that he would hopefully, be able to use for many years. I love the idea of quiet books, so I decided to create one just for him. This was my first attempt at a felt quiet book, but I am so happy with how it turned out! Most of the book is put together using hot glue, but there are a few areas that I strengthened by sewing. Majority of the materials that I used for the book I was able to find at a dollar store. I had a few old felt pieces from an old felt board that I also used.
I tried to include pages that he could do at a very young age for sensory play, but also ones that he could learn his numbers and letters as he got older. Quiet books are excellent for sensory play and an easy way to have lots of hands-on entertainment in one package.
To start, I made the book page, by page and then glued the pages together so they were each 2 pages thick. I tried to make it personal for my nephew. My first page includes a felt puzzle of a red canoe, much like the one my nephew often goes out in. I made the puzzle on a piece of yellow felt, and then cut it into four sections once I had completed the picture. I used small velcro pieces on the back of the sections.
This page encourages colour matching. The red popsicle stick fits into the red pocket etc.
My ladybug page includes a zipper that I sewed on. I started with a large red circle and cut in the middle of the circle the same length as the zipper, but I made sure to not cut the circle fully in half. Then, I added 4 ladybugs inside and attached them each to a string secured with glue inside.
As a teacher, I had to include this next page. It is a great sensory page when a child is young, and perfect for when they are older and learning their numbers and letters.
My (older) kids loved this page! I used felt fish and glued a magnet to the back of each. I had an old fishing rod from a travel game that I also glued a magnet to.
This seemed to be one of my nephews favourite pages. I used a half circle of felt and hot glued eight pieces of string hanging down. Each has beads tied to the bottom. As he gets older, he may find the patterns within the string and beads. I hot glued some puffy gems to the side and some big googly eyes.
There are several more pages in the quiet book that I have included in the video. The quiet book was much easier to make then I expected it to be. These would make for a great baby gift or birthday gift and it is a special gift because it is made with love!