I’m Amy from Serving Pink Lemonade and I’m excited to be here at U Create this week sharing something that I love to create–quiet books! I have several quiet book ideas on my website and many more in my new book Quiet Book Patters: 25 easy-to-make activities for your children. This week I will be sharing some game ideas that you can add to your quiet book. Simple games that equal big fun.
My kids love playing Othello. The rules are simple and even my three year old was able to catch on quickly. Don’t know how to play? Find instructions here.
What you’ll need to make an Othello quiet book game:
1. Template (download here)
2. A pre-cut blank quiet book page. I always use Pellon peltex for my quiet book pages–it’s sturdy and you don’t have to worry about fraying edges. I make all my quiet book pages 7 x 8.5 inches.
3. Black and white felt.
4. Fusible webbing (I use Pellon wonder under)
5. Acid free permanent marker
6. Single hole paper punch
First take your blank quiet book page and determine where you want to place the holes for binding. Use a single hole punch and punch the holes. Don’t worry, peltex is strong and your holes won’t tear or fray. Next, download the template and print it out. Cut out the game board and place it on your quiet book page. Use your marker to trace around the template.
Cut out the one inch guide from the template and use it to help you draw your grid onto the page.
Place a piece of fusible web onto your black felt. Cover with a scrap piece of cotton fabric (to protect your iron and your project) and iron to fuse webbing to the felt. Now peel off the paper backing and place the white felt on top (or another piece of peltex), cover with cotton fabric and iron. Now you have a piece of felt with black on one side and white on the other. Use your template to trace 42 circles onto the white felt with a pencil–I know it’s a lot! Cut out your circles.
Now your game is all ready to play! See how simple that was! Don’t wait for you quiet book to be completed to play though. Take a break, call one of your kids over, and play now. Have fun!
Like this quiet book idea? Find more on my website and in my new book Quiet Book Patterns: 25 easy-to-make activities for your children.