One of the items on our Summer Bucket List was to make quiet books for the boys. I remember growing up with the original quiet books at church- the books made of cloth with pages of activities ranging from tying knots to matching shapes or snapping eyes on odd looking cloth children. Although the idea of making one of those books appealed to me because I thought the boys would like it, I didn’t relish the many hours and cost that would need to be invested. I put the idea on the back burner of my mind, but when I found this tutorial at I Am Mama, Hear Me Roar, I knew I had hit pay dirt.
A quick trip to Walmart provided everything we needed. It took a little bit of looking to find the Crayola Dry Erase Crayons- we finally found them a little further down the aisle with the dry erase markers. They were a little pricey at $4.99/8 crayons, but if they provide as much entertainment as I’m predicting they will, it will be $5 well spent. I also noticed a nifty contraption dubbed the “Lap Board”. A small white board with spaced lines for practicing letters on one side and a blank slate on the other. Another worthy investment when Payton is a little older I think.
Our Walmart list included: 1 inch binder, sheet protectors (I made sure to get the clear ones, not the semi-clear), a pencil holder that can snap into the binder, and two packs of the dry erase crayons.
Payton and I had previously set down at the computer and printed off copious numbers of free printable alphabet worksheets, mazes, puzzles, and colouring sheets. There are many good websites that provide free printables, although I got most of ours from the Crayola.com website. As the seasons change, I plan on adding in different sheets that reflect what we are celebrating, or ones that reflect what Payton is learning in Sunday School. I also grabbed old copies of High Five magazine to snip out some of the puzzles and stories.
Payton had been waiting patiently all day to work in his new quiet book (which he usually referred to with shrieks, usually accompanied by arms raised over his head and an awkward victory dance), and as soon as I had put the worksheets in the protectors he grabbed the crayons and got started. Of course, Lightening McQueen was the first to be decorated.
After Payton went to bed (after many assurances that he could work in it again in the morning), I pulled out my scrapbooking papers along with my Cricket to decorate a cover page for Payton’s book. I had just purchased a new pack of glitter paper, and it added a fun dimension to the letters and the frog. A couple swipes with the glue stick, and we could check one more item off our Summer Bucket List. Here is the final product:
Payton is quite taken with his new book, and it looks like I’ll have to make another one for Devin sooner, rather than later. Hopefully this means that I will be hearing a little more silence during church services.