Monday, February 10, 2014

Quiet Book Games Part 2: Simple Puzzles (Free Template Included)

Today is part two in my quiet book game series.  These simple puzzles have three large pieces each making them perfect for little hands.  Your toddler will love piecing together some of their favorite foods.  Be sure to check out the other posts in this series too!  (You'll find them listed at the end of the tutorial.)

What you'll need to make these simple quiet book puzzles:
1. Templates (found at the end of this post)
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. Transfer paper (I like the Avery brand)
4. A sheet of Pellon peltex (to apply your puzzles to)
5. Iron and a press cloth (a scrap piece of cotton fabric)
6. Velcro
7. Single hole paper punch


First gather together your iron, press cloth, transfer paper, and sheet of peltex.  Download the template and print out your fruits and veggies onto the transfer paper.  Follow the transfer paper instructions to apply the pictures to the peltex.

Once you've transferred the pictures, remove the paper backing and cut out the pictures.

Cut each picture into three pieces.  I know they're so cute that you hate to slash them up but you can do it!

Sew a four inch piece of velcro to the center of your quiet book page.

Apply velcro to the back of each fruit and veggie piece.  I like to use the sticky back dots for this.  Now your puzzles are all done and can be put together . . .

however your imagination chooses.

Don't forget to add holes for binding along the edge of your page using a single hole punch.

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:

Part 1: Othello
Part 3: Tic-Tac-Toe
Part 4: Memory Match
Part 5: Dots and Squares

(To print templatesClick on picture below to enlarge, then right click and copy.  Open a word document, reduce your margins to zero and paste.  Expand to 100% and print.)

Like this quiet book idea?  Find more of my quiet book ideas here and in my new book Quiet Book Patterns: 25 easy-to-make activities for your children.


  1. awesome!! I've linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:

  2. What a great idea! I plan to create a quiet book for my son for his 4th birthday (he turns 3 next month so I still have one year, hehe ;)). Thank you for all those fantastic tutorials! Recently I bought your book because I 'm so fascinated by your ideas! Greetings from Germany!

    1. Gabi- Have fun making your quiet book! And thanks for buying a copy of my book. I hope you like it!

  3. such a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  4. This is great! My youngest is getting to the age where I've been thinking I need to make her some sort of quiet book in order to make it through church. Thank you for sharing this!


  5. Cute idea! I love quiet books and need to make the time to make some! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love, love, love this! It would have been so great to have one of these with my son, but I will definitely use it in the future when we have more children! And those pictures are super cute. Thanks for sharing, I featured this in this week's What'd You Do This Weekend linkup! Pinning :-)

    Ashley @

  7. Any suggestions in a pocket somewhere to store all the pieces somehow??

    1. Yes! Check out my tutorial for a quiet book cover that has a zip pocket in the back for storing loose pieces (
      I also share another idea in my book Quiet Book Patterns (

  8. Thanks so much for sharing, I havew linked this to my blog