I've always intended to make some thing similar for my children, but I have to admit crafting is not my strong point. The idea of making a quiet book seems really overwhelming to me. Yet I desperately need something to keep my kids occupied and somewhat quiet during church. This was very apparent to me two weeks ago when I was "flying solo" at church and both my little rascals decided to take off running in opposite directions in the chapel... screeching. By the time I chased them down and go them into the foyer I wanted to crawl into a corner, die, and never go back to church... in that order.
So a few weeks ago when I was cleaning out our desk I came across our pile of Ensigns (the religious magazine for the LDS church). It was huge. My husband won't let me throw them away so we had about three years worth of magazines. As I was flipping through them I realized that they had beautiful pictures in them that would be wonderful to cut out and save. I finally convinced my husband to let me cut up the old magazines and then I pasted the pictures onto card stock to make a .... quiet book!
I just punched holes in the card stock and put the pasted pictures in a binder. I tried to arrange the pictures in chronological-ish order.. Old testament stories, New Testament Stories, Book of Mormon stories, and LDS Church History.
I love this painting of Mary and Joseph on the right. Love, love, love.
My sister-in-law's aunt painted it.
Really I love it.
The best part about this quiet book is that the Ensign is always publishing paintings of women in the scriptures. I'd say about 1/3rd of our book consists of painting of different stories on women in the scriptures and in LDS church history. Awesome.
This has really been a great thing for my little three-year-old. He loves to look at the pictures and I love to tell him the stories.
I'd thought I'd pass this idea along just in case there is anyone else out there who struggles in the crafting arena....and who has a huge pile of old Ensigns.
How do you keep your children occupied ( ie. not screeching and running down the aisles) during church?