Embrace your crafty side with these brilliant quiet book tutorials

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We've got buckles, zips, clips, Lego and beads galore with this super list of quiet book tutorials. Don't think you're crafty enough? Pfft. As long as you've got a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun, you're going to be fine!

Sshhhh! Do you know what that sound is mums and dads? That’s silence. And the contentment of children happily occupied with an activity for at least 30 minutes (or enough time for you to have a cuppa and get in a few chapters of your new summer read). Apparently DIY ‘quiet books’ or ‘busy books’ have become a thing and we’re loving them! With these quiet book tutorials, you can make the whole process an adventure – from planning the book, to hopping on the bus to get the supplies, shopping for materials, making the book and then of course playing with it once it’s finished. Got older kids? They can help with the more fiddly bits and maybe even learn some basic sewing skills while they’re at it. Winning!


Blossom Lego busy book

Re-purpose existing supplies with this portable Lego busy book. Photography: Blossom

1. Sadly we can’t all be Martha Stewart, but with this nifty video tutorial from Blossom, you can make a busy book without ever picking up a needle and thread. Ideal for kiddos who love Lego or colouring, this video tutorial has a few different hacks that use things you may already have laying around the house.

Never felt better! Go craft crazy with this felt quiet book. Photography: Froo & Boo

2. Rainbows, mermaids and flowers, oh my! This quiet book from Froo & Boo is loaded with lots of sweet ideas if your little one loves princesses and dress-ups. We’re highly impressed by what you can achieve with a pair of scissors and a glue gun. It’s a festival of felt!


Sew Much Ado Busy Book

Toddlers will find hours of entertainment with a book filled with buckles, zips, velcro and laces. Photography: Sew Much Ado

3. If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions, this quiet book from Sew Much Ado fits the bill. There are some super cute ideas to keep little fingers busy, like buckles, zips, shoelaces and our personal fave – braiding a unicorn’s hair! We won’t lie – this lady is clearly a bit of a sewing goddess, but we’re definitely nicking some of these crafty ideas.

Life as Mom busy bag contents

Quick! Grab the kids’ favourite things and pull together this super basic busy bag. Photography: Life as Mom

4. We don’t know about you, but we’re making one of these TODAY! This busy book from Life as Mom is really basic, but it’s genius! You can keep this in your baby bag, handbag, pram or car for those times when you need just five minutes of peace. We also love that you can add or remove pouches as necessary, for instance, to separate brawling siblings while waiting at the doctor (why do they always turn crazy whenever they enter a medical institution?).

Powerful Mothering no sew felt counting page

Put that needle and thread away! All you need to create this beauty is scissors and a hot glue gun. Photography: Powerful Mothering

5. It’s a bonus if you can sneak in a bit of education while the kids are having fun with their busy book. This series of no-sew quiet book tutorials by Powerful Mothering focuses on activities that will help little ones learn to count to five and spell their name.

Top image: Sew Much Ado

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