Are you curious about quiet books but don’t know where to start? Well you have come to the right place. I have been making quiet books for over five years now. My goal is to share with you everything that I have learned in my crafting journey. Here, let me tell introduce you to quiet books and their associated age groups, sizes and pages.
A quiet book is a soft, interactive book sewn out of fabric and other haberdashery supplies.
- The age group of quiet books is around 10 months to 6 years.
- A quiet book’s size depends upon the child’s age, from 5 inch squares up to 9 inch squares (see table).
- High quality quiet books have at least 8 interactive pages.
You must have come across a number of quiet book ideas on the internet. It can be mind boggling to decide what kind of quiet book you should make or buy for the little person in your life.
Just remember that a high quality quiet book is one that is properly stitched using safe and sturdy materials. It has no little parts tearing up, breaking down or popping off under the play of curious little fingers. The best quiet books are tailored to the child’s age and preferences. Above all – and I cannot stress this enough — a quiet book is safe for the child to play with.
Now that you know the basics of a quiet book, let’s take a look at three key aspects of this wonderful interactive toy.
Quiet book age group
I have said this before and I will say this again: quiet books are not restricted to only babies or young toddlers In fact, you can design a quiet book to cater to a wide age group of children, from around eight to 10 months, and all the way up to six or even seven years! I say this from personal experience of making quiet books for my two girls, now aged five and seven.
Most quiet book ideas that you see online are catering you a very young audience, containing activities like motor skill development. Some examples include buttoning up, using zippers, tying shoelaces or matching colours and shapes etc.
However if you think a bit outside the box, you can even design a quiet book for older children six or seven years old. Don’t think so? Well look at it this way: what six-year-old does not like to play tic-tac-toe? What seven-year-old would not benefit from learning how to tell the time accurately? Or what child will not gain from improving their basic grade-school spellings?
So if you give it a little bit of thought and try looking at ideas from the perspective of the child, rather than what is already there on the internet, you can create a successful quiet book for a wide age group of children.
The next time when you sit down to plan your quiet book, forget what you saw on Pinterest or Google. Instead, first look at the child. How old is she? What are her likes or dislikes? What does she find really engaging? What kind of activities would benefit her learning journey over the next two years or more?
In this way, once you start planning with the child in mind, your quiet book will turn out brilliantly. Take a look at this table where I have summed up some quiet book activities according to the age group of children.
Quiet book size
Now that you have started planning your quiet book based upon the age of the child, you will find that it becomes really easy to determine the size of your quiet book. Quiet books must be small enough for children to handle easily, and yet large enough to include the kind of activities best suited for their age group.
Quiet book size for kids up to two years old
Very young children ranging from 10 months up to two years have tiny hands. And so you need to create a quiet book no more than 6 inches tall or across. Anything bigger will be too large and overwhelming for the child to use.
Quiet book size for kids three to four years old
Children aged around three to four years are developing greater dexterity and strength in their fingers. They also need richer stimuli to keep them engaged for a stretch of time.
Therefore a slightly larger quiet book page, measuring around 7 inches square, will give you enough room to include engaging activities for this age group. At the same time, this quiet book will still be small enough for the child to handle easily.
Working with a seven-inch quiet book page, you can include richer activities for example identifying and matching complicated shapes and colours, making felt chains, jigsaw puzzles or picking and sorting different items into their proper place. Such activities cannot be easily accommodated on very small pages.
Quiet book size for kids five to seven years old
If you are designing a quiet book for children ranging from around five to seven years old, you are looking to create some of the largest quiet book sizes manageable. We are talking about pages measuring at least 8 inches tall or across.
These books can go even bigger, all the way up to 9 or even 10 inches. As long as you can handle the sewing and finish it to make it look like a proper book, you can create a quiet book as large as you want for this age group.
The reason why we choose to create these larger pages is that children of this age group require fairly complex activities to keep them engaged. Such activities cannot be easily created on very small quiet book pages. For example things like spelling words out or playing multi-player games like tic-tac-toe with another child. Such activities require a larger spread to give the child plenty of room to interact with the book from different angles.
In such a large sized quiet book, you could well include activities that would aid Key Stage 1 learning which is crucial for children of this age group. For example spelling or maths games would help the child out academically while making it fun and engaging.
I will be talking about such activities in greater detail in upcoming posts. Just remember that for all such quiet book content, you need larger pages to move the different pieces around.
If you are making a quiet book for a child aged 10 months to 4 years, make sure you download my free quiet book template that will help you create perfectly accurate quiet book page sizes every single time. For printer settings, check out this link.
Quiet book pages ─ how many should there be?
A quiet book should have at least eight internal pages for it to look and feel like a proper book. You also need two more pages for the front and back covers.
When I first made my very first quiet book back in 2014, I plunged head-first into cutting and sewing it without a plan. But now I realize how important it is to plan out the number of pages in a quiet book well in advance. Otherwise you risk getting lost in an endless, confusing crafting jungle.
There is a very good reason why a minimum of 8 internal pages are necessary inside a good quiet book. You see children need to have at least three ‘leaves’ or three ‘page sandwiches’ that they can flick and turn inside the book. Each leaf is made up of two pages sewn back-to-back.
When children turn the pages, it actually makes them feel like they are using a proper book with a beginning, a middle and an end. Anything less than this just does not feel ‘bookish’ enough.
And so, if you look at the image below, you will see how these page sandwiches combine together to make a quiet book.
Whatever number of quiet book pages you choose to create, always remember to add 2 to it to account for the front and back covers. Also remember that quiet books always have an even number of pages for example 8, 10, 12 and so on.
You can easily create a quiet book plan by downloading my free printable at this link. This will help you create a basic quiet book with 8 pages. If you intend to create a longer quiet book, simply print multiple copies of this template and get scribbling.
You can read about planning the contents and number of pages in your quiet book in my post here. It will walk you through how to spread out the content to create a well-balanced quiet book.
And there you have it: a basic low-down on what to expect when dealing with quiet books! Check out my super helpful post on how to make a quiet book in 12 easy steps. Also check out my free resources page where you will find useful templates to print and use straightaway.
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