The Bottom Line
- Perfect for all sewing skill levels
- They make great gifts
- Unlimited, creative possibilities
- Not all pages are appropriate for all ages
- Directions to help you make 15 specific pagess plus more variations.
- Softcover book with 64 jam-packed pages.
- Easy to understand directions and helpful colored photos.
Guide Review - Quiet-Time Busy Books
I also like the fact that, while you are creating a book, the author does not instruct you to bind the pages together. Instead, small button holes are created on one edge of each page and the pages are held together using loose binder rings or other round clips. By holding the pages together in this manner the book can be used by more than one child at a time. It also makes if easier to add new pages or rearrange the pages you have.
While this book says it contains lots of fun activities for infants and toddlers, you have to take great care when constructing many of the pages. Since many of the ideas featured in the book use buttons, beads, and other small objects as embellishments, any child who might put the book pages in their mouths should be closely supervised. There are, however, several ideas that can be created or modified for the youngest of kids.
Not only do I like the concept of creating personalized activity books, I like the idea that this is a great way I can use up some of the scrap fabric in my stash. As the author suggests, it is also a great excuse to go to thrift stores or garage sales where you can find a wealth of objects. You can gather everything from fashionable buttons from old sweaters to beads from unwanted costume jewelry. You can recycle an old belt into a page that helps teach a child how to work a buckle or even the eyelet section for shoes to learn how to tie. Use your imagination to help create a unique page to help a special child use theirs.