When I set out to create my own quiet book, I consistently looked for pages my kids would find fun , but would also help them build skills at the same time. Perhaps it is obvious, but the pages with more to do hold their attention longer, and thus were a better investment of my time.
One of my kids favorite pages in our quiet book is the pirate page. On this page, we have both a treasure chest and treasure map.
I found a free template at Imagine Our Life, and this was immensely helpful in getting me started on quiet books. Because I did not want to dedicate two pages to this theme, I simply scaled down the size of the template to fit onto one page.
For the treasure chest, I used an old luggage lock. The treasure inside consists of bracelets and rings made with pipe cleaners.
The map ties shut with a red ribbon, and opens to reveal a secret pocket with the key to the treasure chest lock. The key is tied to a string which is sewn into the pocket, to ensure it does not get lost. I found the idea for the pocket in this blog.
The page also includes a pirate flag.
This page includes many skills, including using a key to open a lock, tying a ribbon, opening and closing a treasure chest, and flapping the flag. It also has an element for pretend play with the jewelry. You could easily add extra play coins or jewels to the treasure chest.