Monday, June 17, 2013

Quiet Book for Toddler {printable}

UPDATE: This is by far one of my most popular posts... and even though I'm not regularly blogging right now (because my life is so busy with two Little Loves and family history and etc), I thought I would mention that I have started an Etsy store selling other Quiet Books, LDS File Folder Games, etc. This quiet book will always be free and I hope you will continue to use and love it! :)

Etsy Store: LivingOurDreamLife


UPDATE: This is now availabe to download as a PDF... all ready to print! Go to {Living Our Dream Life} facebook page. PLEASE LIKE THE PAGE! Then go to the photo album called {Freebies}.

{Living Our Dream Life} facebook page





Before Devin was born, I made several church bag activities (most of which I never posted on the blog--sorry). I had plans. Devin was going to sit quietly and look at the activities and we would all listen to Sacrament meeting and be uplifted. We would never eat cookies or play with cars at church. Well, allow me just to say that my super curious one year old has a very hard time sitting for three hours. And it does not help that my ward has Sacrament last so by the time we get to that meeting, he has already been sitting on our laps for almost two hours. (Yes, we keep him on our lap. I know he would rather go play. But he is not allowed off our lap. And he knows that and doesn't fight it too much anymore. He rose to our expectations. However, even with expectations, he can still only last for so long!) Yesterday, I bribed Devin to stay with us during Sacrament meeting by feeding him cookies and he played with a tractor. So much for my ideal world.

My church bag activities were not working because they are meant for preschoolers... if not older. He doesn't understand how to put the Popsicle stick puzzles together or how to read all of the photo books I made him. I needed something simple and on his level. Something with few words and lots of pictures that taught the purpose of the Sacrament. The main goal was to have the flip book teach--not just entertain. I searched the internet. I found nothing created for an early toddler. So I decided to make my own.

We will probably save this mini quiet book for only during the Sacrament itself. I want it to be more than just a snack to him, which means I need to teach him. We weren't sure how long to have Devin wait to take the Sacrament for the first time because we didn't know if he would get it yet or not. Yesterday I decided Devin gets it. He knows that sunglasses go on my face and he tries to put any sock he finds on his foot. He knows we talk on phones and touch the spoon to the plate before we put it in our mouth. If he picks up on those things, I know he is paying attention to us taking the Sacrament as well. I was whispering to him yesterday while we all took the Sacrament what we were doing and why. He began whispering back to me (I have never heard him whisper before). It was like he was reciting back to me what he learned--even though I didn't understand what he was saying. Hopefully this flip book will help him begin to understand the why better and connect my whisperings. 

I took some of the phrases from lessons in Behold Your Little Ones (the nursery manual). Others I just made up. I figured that manual is designed for early toddlers and more on the level of my curious child. (even though he is not old enough to go to nursery--I try to convince the nursery workers to let him come early. He walks, plays with toys and sits to listens to stories at the library so he could sit for nursery lessons too. But they won't go for it... not six months early at least.) The pictures are mostly from the Gospel Art Book. And if the cards seem repetitive, it's on purpose!! I'm hoping hearing similar things over and over will help it sink in better.

I printed the pictures at home on cardstock. I did not want to put them in a photo book. I wanted this to be different and I already made several church photo books. (But you certainly could print them off at a picture place and do the book option if you wanted!) My cards are 3" x 4" with a hole punch in the top left corner and a ring. Plus they are hard laminated for heavy duty/ still-puts-everything-in-his-mouth use. You are welcome to save the pictures and print the book for your own personal use. But please refer back to this post instead of uploading them again yourself.

UPDATE: This is now availabe to download as a PDF... all ready to print! Go to {Living Our Dream Life} facebook page. PLEASE LIKE THE PAGE! Then go to the photo album called {Freebies}.












I know this one is a bit wordy.
And he probably won't totally understand.
But I wanted it in there so I could remember to whisper it in his ear. 


Example of the last two pages:
Both of these pages are also in Devin's flip book.
I put them before the last page of "Jesus loves me."
But I didn't really want Devin in everyone's book.
And printing out Devin defeats the personalization purpose!
You will have to make your own mommy/ daddy pages.
Or just leave them out... :)
The font is called "Hank BT" --in case you want your pages to match.

UPDATE: This is now availabe to download as a PDF... all ready to print! Go to {Living Our Dream Life} facebook page. PLEASE LIKE THE PAGE! Then go to the photo album called {Freebies}.


UPDATE: This is by far one of my most popular posts... and even though I'm not regularly blogging right now (because my life is so busy with two Little Loves and family history and etc), I thought I would mention that I have started an Etsy store selling other Quiet Books, LDS File Folder Games, etc. This quiet book will always be free and I hope you will continue to use and love it! :)

Etsy Store: LivingOurDreamLife

19 comments:

Maretta and Danny said...
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Maretta and Danny said...

I have been searching online for HOURS for this exact thing! Thank you so much for sharing! How do i download the images?

Lisa said...

I am so glad you like it!!!

Right click on each picture then save (or save as) to your computer.

Rachel said...

Love this! Can't wait to put it in my son's Easter basket. Thank you!

The Browns said...

Love this! Thank you!!!

Tori Dismuke said...

I think is terrific! I'm not LDS but this is a great idea. What a wonderful and beautiful gift/legacy you are giving your son. May God bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Rachel Messel said...

Thank you, how perfect...

Nicole Heiner said...

cool. nice work. I'm going to use this for a primary sharing time if that's ok.

Judy Marcell said...

Do you know if any of the pictures are copyrighted? It is a beautiful book and I would like to use it for a Relief Society activity.

Joce said...

This is so great! Thank you! I would like to use it for a Relief Society Meeting as something parents can make to help their kids be reverent during the sacrament, if that's alright with you. However, I don't have a color printer, so I saved your slides, then added a border so they would print as a 4x6 photo. I put the prints into a small dollar store album and that is what I am going to take to our meeting. You did all the work though, so I don't want to take the credit. Can I email you the 4x6 images and you can add them to your blog? Or can I email the images to our sisters and give you credit in the email for doing all the work? I'm not very familiar with how all this works, so please let me know how to proceed. Thanks!

Lisa said...

I could not answer that. But as a teacher, I know there is a fair use law and how I'm using these would be correct. I think. All the ones from the gospel art kit have permission to be used by the church.

Lisa said...

I love that idea. I have been so terrible at blogging. I need to post all the other things I have made to help keep sacrament meeting reverent!! Blogging and I have kind of drifted apart as my time became more and more limited. Lol.

Lisa said...

If you want to leave a comment with your email, I will see it and delete it before it is published. Then I can add your pictures to this in case someone else wants to do the same thing. This post has quite a bit of traffic!

Lisa said...

If you want to leave a comment with your email, I will see it and delete it before it is published. Then I can add your pictures to this in case someone else wants to do the same thing. This post has quite a bit of traffic!

Tanner Clark said...

I love this quiet book activity. It is just perfect for my nursery age daughter. I am not very tech savy. Can you tell me how to adjust the size to make it 4X6 so I can put it in a photo book? And, also how to create my own mommy and daddy love you pages?

Lisa said...

Tanner--I used PowerPoint to do everything. I know a lot of people use Photo Shop. You could try just opening it in Word and making the picture bigger? And also in Word, open a picture and then insert a text box on top of it.

Jenny said...

This is great! I've been looking everywhere for a board book my 13 month old daughter can use during Sacrament meeting and they are a bit more pricey than I was hoping for. This a great alternative! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work!

Kelsey said...

Thank you! This is perfect for my littles for Sacrament meeting! I added your blog address in small print on the last slide with the book I made (I did it in Microsoft Publisher) so that I could remember where to refer people to who might ask about where I got it. Thanks for making this and for sharing it!

Lisa said...

I have an update! I started an Etsy store selling other digital downloads for LDS quiet books, file folder games, etc. Please continue to use this free quiet book but check Etsy for other awesome ideas for your Little Loves.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LivingOurDreamLife?ref=hdr_shop_menu