Things I Love Thursday: Vintage Quiet Book

On some Thursdays, I’ll share something random that I’m really liking, enjoying, or appreciating. Just a little post to share a little snippet of life right now. I’d love to know if you also like these things, and what you’re randomly into these days!

In the last year or so, I’ve seen people online talking about quiet books. When they explained it, I was like, I totally had one of those! I loved it!

A quiet book is basically a hands-on-activity book (unlike a book you draw/write/color in), aimed at toddlers/preschoolers. There are tons of ideas and options out there; here are results from Etsy and Pinterest if you want to buy or make your own.

I asked my mom about it recently, and she just found it! Our guys have already played with some of it.

Here is what our vintage quiet book contains, if you want some ideas or inspiration. The pages are a bit stained, and some of the velcro bits need to be repaired or replaced, but in general, it’s in decent shape for being more than thirty years old!



(There are three mini ladybugs inside.)

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(This page is how I learned to braid!)

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Did you have a book like this when you were little? Do you have one now for your little one? Would you ever make one?

7 thoughts on “Things I Love Thursday: Vintage Quiet Book

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  1. AHHHHHHH I have this too!!!! except I have a shoe, not a football. and no clothesline — that is so cute!. it’s funny to see it rendered in different fabrics. I had no idea it was a *thing*. Volcano LOVES it (and has lost three of the balloons somewhere).

    1. Oh that’s so cool!! I want to see yours! How awesome that you still have it and that your own baby gets to play with it! Someday I want to have this one ‘fixed up’ a bit so it will be a little sturdier/last a little longer. And/or add some new pages.

  2. Hi, Jules! It IS super fun to see other versions of these books. My mom made one for me when I was little. It’s not in front of me, but I believe it has my name on the cover. Callum has mine, but he also has one my mom made HIM when he was born. He’s not much of a sit-by-himself-and-be-quiet kinda’ guy, so he hasn’t done much with them yet, but we’re about to embark on a 12-hour Thanksgiving drive to the midwest, so maybe I’ll pack them and see how it goes!

    1. What a cool mom you have to make one for you *and* then Collum!! And yeah, I think these books have limited use/excitement for under 3, just because there’s a lot of fine motor skills involved. Definitely sounds like a good idea for a long drive–you’ll want as many things as possible I’m sure! 🙂

  3. I have one that looks very similar to this but different hand writing. In the back it has a piece of cloth that says specially hand made by Virginia. I thought my grandma made it for me but that’s not her name.

  4. I was just talking to my mom about this. I have a 6 month old and was trying to think of things i had when i was a child I said “do you remember that book that granny made us that had all the felt activities? it was blue and you had to button things and zip, and snap stuff” She said oh yes! your granny worked so hard to make that for you. We had a house fire and lost it in that fire about 15 years ago. I told my mom that we needed to try and remember what all was in the book so that we could make one for my daughter when she gets old enough. I had no idea it was a “thing” but in hopes of finding something similar I got on google and just searched for vintage felt book and found several newer looking ones that were really cool but just not quite right. (also learning that they are called quite books) About 3 rows down was a picture of one of your pages, the lady bug. I began to ball! This is the exact pattern my granny had used. Down to the fabrics and colors. It was exactly what i was looking for! Thank you for having your blog and sharing the pics of the book. I just emailed my mom the link so that she could see it! Brings back so many memories! I would play with that thing for hours even when i was much older that what it was intended for.

    1. Oh my goodness! First of all, I’m so sorry to hear about the house fire, that is awful. I know what you mean about not knowing it was a thing! And wow, I am so happy to hear that you recognized this one! So glad that it’s bringing back happy memories! 🙂

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