The Quiet Book for O

Recently I read a guest post by iCandy Handmade over on I Am Momma about these great dry erase quiet books. I thought the idea was great for so many reasons but the biggest one is that little O loves to make about 4 marks on a page with just one color crayon then call it done. I try to recycle the pages back around for him to color on again another day but he rarely does so I use the pages for scrap paper. At any rate, I thought these quiet books were great since the pages were reusable.

They suggest you use the new Crayola dry erase crayons or markers but I found that the washable crayons come off the page with a paper towel (and firm pressure) and the regular ones come off with a little Goo-gone which is one of my most favorite things EVER. It's like the miracle cleaner that undoes almost everything O has ever done (and has cleaned up a few of my own messes too). So, I won't be running out to buy a new set of crayons for this project.

The cover took awhile because I wanted to do something cute and fun but the rest of the book took about 15 minutes to throw together. I'll show you a few pictures then walk you through the SUPER SIMPLE steps to make your own custom quiet book.

Here's the cover. I used my Silhouette SD to make it bright and colorful. I slid this into the cover of a presentation binder.


And here are a few sample pages that I tucked into sheet protectors inside:


Train 2 coloring page       Airplane coloring page

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 Binder
  • Sheet protectors - the heavy ones are best
  • Coloring & activity pages (google coloring pages for any topic your little one is interested in to get printables)
  • Crayons or dry erase markers

Print out coloring and activity pages you think your little one will be interested in. Place a sheet of heavy paper (I used some photo paper that my printer hates) in between two of the print-outs and slide all three sheets into the sheet protector. I found that the heavy paper in between added just the right stability. Alternatively, you could print your activity pages on heavier paper.


It's ready! Give the book to your little one when you need a little quiet time. 

To clean the pages, depending on what kind of crayons you used, either wipe them with a dry paper towel or use a little Goo-gone or other miracle degreasing cleaner of your choice.

You  might have noticed the custom coloring photo of my son. I did that in Picnik by first converting my picture to black and white, then infrared then I used the pencil drawing tool and saved it.

Here's my little guy coloring in a train page with letter practice (pay no mind to the dirty fingers, we had a fun day playing out in the garden before the rain rolled in).


Enjoy the silence!

Thank you for reading,
Other posts you might be interested in:
Make your own crayons
Pretty Clothespins
Gifts from the craft drawer

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  1. GREAT idea!  Your cover turned out super cute!

  2. Thank you. My little guy is really into his letters right now so I thought he'd enjoy seeing all of them on the front of his special book. Plus, I've been dying to use the block letters on my Silhouette. Thank you for reading.


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