Sunday, August 17, 2008

Quiet Book

Well, I've been asked to take pictures of my quiet book I made, and I've been holding off because its not "finished," although I doubt I'll ever get to the point where it looks like what I was wanting it to look like. So because I'm crazy, I'll do more than post pictures I'll critique each page including what I'd do different so that if anyone is tempted to replicate something they see (which is just fine with me) they can learn from my mistakes. This will probably be a LONG post so I apologize in advance to most of you out there who, understandably, don't care too much about details such as these.

Overall - I picked activities that I know my son likes, and tried to build a page around it. I also tried to make pages so that important/hard to replace pieces can't be lost. Next time, I'd make the pages smaller so that it fits on kid's laps better, probably an 10''x 10'' finished page is a good size in my opinion, since mine are 12x12. I'd either have the pages lined with a single color of bias tape, or I'd have every page a different color.

Cover - This cover is just a stand in until I make the real one. The real one will be stiffer, like the pages, with a thin layer of batting in between two sheets of material. It will have handles and possibly backpack straps. Also I will have metal rings connecting the pages, not ribbon.

Page 1 "Buckle Horse" - There are different textures on this page: velvet, canvas, soft cotton, rope, and fridge. The cloud moves left and right to hide/show the sun. The horse's saddle flaps and buckles down. While the buckle is too hard for my 18 month old, it will eventually be doable for him, maybe when he's 3ish.

Pages 2 & 3 "Glove" and "Button Butterflies" - The gloves are big enough for an adult hand to fit in, and are connected so fingers from one hand can tickle fingers on the other. The butterflies are stuffed with Smartie wrappers so they make crinkle sounds, button on/off, are connected with a string to the page, and can be stored in the net.

Pages 4 & 5 "Velcro Balloons" and "Shoe Laces" - The balloons velcro on/off, are matched by color and are attached via their strings to the clowns hand. Next time, I'd have longer strings so the kids have more to work with. The shoe was actually an old lace-up shirt cut in the shape of a shoe with some added trimmings. I want to get stiffer shoe laces with plastic on the ends for easier lacing.

Pages 6 & 7 "Car Track" - The colored corners are pockets for 4 match-box sized cars. The track has 'bumps' (hidden beans hand-sewed in place) a tunnel, and cones to maneuver around. This is by far the favorite page. I might add a velcro-on jump/ramp leading into the tunnel.

Pages 8 & 9 "ISpy Wheel" and "Wallet" - The wheels are just laminated paper and spin around a button. The yellowish covering snaps open at the bottom to replace/switch wheels. I have three different themed wheels: seasons, baby, and bugs. The point is to ask the child to find something and they turn the wheel until they find it. Or it can be a naming game to name all the items on each picture. The wallet page is one of my husband's old pants with a pocket that I chained my old wallet to. The wallet has fake credit cards that Alec loves to slip in and out of the pockets.

Pages 10 & 11 "Magnet Board" - One page has a big pocket to hold all the manipulatives in. The opposite page has a thin sheet of magnetic metal (I walked around the hardware store with a fridge magnet touching it to every thin sheet of metal I saw in hope it was magnetic.) I have buttons, wooden bugs, and laminated paper-dollish manipulatives, all with magnets glued on the back. Next time I'd do lots of individual pockets, some closed by zippers for smaller manipulatives, so as to them more contained.

Pages 12 & 13 "Beads" and "Zoo Animals" - Painted wooden beans are strung on a bent piece of wire hanger. Alec loves this page. Next time I wouldn't bend a loop-dee-loop into the wire so that the book lays flatter. On the zoo page, cards with animals on them are laminated so they can slide underneath the ribbons acting as cage bars. Next time I'll glue a piece of plastic underneath the ribbons because the cards are easily caught and Alec gets frustrated quickly with them.

Page 14 "Flap House" - Behind the shutters, windows and door are plastic sleeves with printed off pictures of people Alec knows and loves.

Unfinished Pages 15 & 16 - "Zipper Backpack" and "Buckle Teddy" A backpack with zipper for storage of special treats (like cheerios) or replaceable manipulatives like stickers or foam shapes. An extra thin teddy bear that can be buckled into a baby seat. Alec loves to do the snap-in plastic buckles usually found on strollers, or high-chairs, or bouncy-seats.


Melissapher said...

I noticed your quiet book last week in church and wondered if you had made it. I thought it was totally genius. I was so impressed with the clown and balloons page and the road page, you're SO creative!

Ryan & Jess said...

Oh. My. Gosh. You are INCREDIBLE! Will you make one for me? Every page I was like "that would be so great to have in church" and then I realized, wow, I am not even close to being talented enough to attempt this project. So cute and fun!

And about Mady climbing out of her crib...we realized we could lower the mattress down one more notch, so that will solve the problem for awhile until she grows a little more. I heard you moved Alec into a big-boy bed. How is that going?

Radene said...

This is soooo cute. And even better in person. I love it. Brittney, you're way creative. Thanks for posting this. Sure love you!

Kjerstine said...

brit! thanks for the up-beat message; life will be ok and go on... no matter what ya just have to believe in that.

i will be around next week- i start up work at SHSD on monday- candace will be in town on friday for a bit, so maybe we can all get together, if i dotn have to be at the hospital with my mom.

Anne said...

I don’t think you realize just how incredible this is. Attention to detail is one of my most prized attributes in people. I think it shows care and love for the people we serve. I am so glad that you shared this; it’s such a great idea. I know it probably took a ton of time to make but if you were willing to make another, how much would you charge for one? I think I speak for a lot of mothers who would kill to get their hands on one of these. You are amazing!

maegan said...

I'm SO impressed! Since collecting different textured fabric from that free fabric distribution in Palo Alto, I've been really wanting to do a touch and feel book or a busy book, but the creative juices just haven't been flowing, plus my skills just aren't up to par. You are one talented mama!

Seeing this has totally inspired me, or made me realize how truly dismal and sad looking my attempt would be :). I'd love a coach and someone's brain to pick. Too cute.