One of the most common questions I get asked on my quiet books is what age is this for? Most of the quiet books I make have loose parts which means little ones could eat them so the age on these also because of difficulty is usually age 2 onwards.
But not this quiet book! This quiet book is made for the younger toddler or even baby that is preferably drooling less because felt is a bit of a task to clean of drool!
This no sew touch and feel quiet book was made for my 14 month old.
All the items in this book are glued down and will not come off. Another question is how do these felt books hold up? Well let me tell you. The first one I made is now over a year and a half old and besides the loose pieces that go missing with use the book itself and its construction are very sound.
To make the base of your quiet book please see the how to make a no sew quiet book tutorial. I have also updated the instructions with a video!
No Sew Touch & Feel Quiet Book
For the cover of this book I went for some yarn and pom poms. Hot glue these onto the cover as you desire.
Tip 1: Use tweezers and toothpicks to avoid burning your fingers on hot glue.
Tip 2: Only complete the closing tab once all pages inside the book are in as the book will get bigger and then your closing tab will not fit. Best to leave it till last.
Before even opening the touch and feel quiet book my 14 month old was interested in the cover!
On the first page I went with a fur and soft touch. Cats are pretty interesting to my 14 month old so that’s what we have here.
You will also notice that all my pages have “lift the flap” items! That is because my toddler at the moment loves these kinds of games. Please leave it off if you do not desire a lift the flap extra.
The cat is so furry! All the kids love to stroke it.
On the next page I went for a bumpy feel. I used some small pom poms and hot glued them down.
Tip 3: Be generous with the hot glue so that the kids can’t pull these off. Be quick with sticking things to hot glue. You want it to still be hot when to stick things down, cooled hot glue just comes off.
On the next page I went for rough feel by using raised glitter glue. I made various patterns on a bit of felt and left it to dry overnight. (I did this 3x and still a kid or cat would smudge the patterns!)
My 14 month old likes to feel these and my 3 year old traces the patterns with her fingertip.
A touch and feel book isn’t complete without something crinkly! Use some heavy duty foil or a candy wrappers silver side and hot glue the corners down.
Alternatively you could make this a mirror page by sticking down some mirror board.
My toddler loves looking at the peacocks we made from a certain book and I thought a page with some feathers would be a nice addition. The base of the feathers is very well glued down, these are not coming off!
The ribbon flower is a classic felt page for quiet books for its silky feel. Here all you have to do is cut 6 lengths of ribbon and glue them in a loop and circle for the flower. Finish off with a nice big yellow dot for the center.
If you have the thinner ribbons you could even use a large yellow pom pom for the center.
The last page of our touch and feel quiet book as a sparkly underwater scene. I choose blue material that had metallic silver dots on it and cut out 2 fish like shapes. I then used stringed sequins for the seaweed effect and the loose sequins for air type bubbles.
They are all hot glued down. Remember the tips when working with small items!
I love this page the most and it seems to draw the eye of my toddler too!
I hope you like this quiet book and that making one for your baby or toddler will bring much sensory exploration.
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