Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Psalm 122 - Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem Quiet Book Page

Psalm 122 instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Memory Verse: "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure." Psalm 122:6 

Materials needed to create Abraham's Journey quiet book page:

  • A4 felt background sheet. I used tie dye felt. Peace man!
  • a second tie dye felt sheet or black soft felt
  • black stiffened felt
  • sticky/packing tape
  • sewing thread to match
  • black velcro dots
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • my free template (puzzle pieces only)
  • peace sign template available from Wee Folk Art
First cut your template pieces out and tape them onto your black stiffened felt. This is so that you don't puncture the felt with pins and so you can see where to cut as it is difficult to draw on felt in that much detail.

The next step depends on whether you have a second piece of tie dye felt or not (I didn't). If you do, you can eliminate some of the following - I'm sure you can work out which bits ;)

I sewed my peace sign down onto the middle of my tie dye sheet by the inside sections only. Do not sew the outside circle yet. This enabled me to cut out the peace sign and fill in the background space with black soft felt. I also sewed the peace sign to black soft felt around the outside edge and cut it out again. Now simply sew your peace sign back over the hole you cut it out from around the bottom half leaving the top half open to form a pocket.

Cut your velcro dots in half and hot glue the soft side to the outside rim of the peace sign in the middle of each quarter. Glue the scratchy half to each puzzle piece.


Difficulty Level = Intermediate

It will be easier if you have two sheets of the tie dye felt rather than trying to use one. I only had one and had no way of getting more.

The hardest part is getting motivation to cut out the menorah!

Be careful to glue the velcro dots on the correct side - unlike me who had to try to pull one off and re-glue it...

Key Learning Areas and Skills

  • Psalm 122 - This page teaches about the map of the Old City of Jerusalem in modern times and about how we are all connected to each other - when we harm others we harm ourselves
  • Puzzle Pieces - connect the puzzle pieces together
  • Fine Motor Skills - all quiet books encourage fine motor skill development
  • Hand-eye Co-ordination - all quiet books encourage hand-eye co-ordination

Read the Chapter

Psalm 122


For a city with a name which means "peaceful", Jerusalem sure doesn't see a lot of it.

This quiet book page is largely a play on words - pray for the peace / pieces of Jerusalem.

Nowadays, the old city of Jerusalem is quite literally divided into four quarters.

Image Source - Encyclopaedia Brittanica

Two of the quarters are Christian. The population of the Armenian quarter is Christian by faith, and Palestinian by race. Unfortunately many Christians believe that a Third Temple needs to be built - something that should be self evidently unnecessary in the Christian understanding of Jesus' ultimate sacrifice. This is the result of misinterpreting Daniel 9 and the Parable of the Fig Tree in the Synoptic Gospels. By funding Israeli warfare (in the hope of bringing about the third temple and the millennial reign of Christ), many Christians are funding war against their own brothers and sisters. War should not be the aim of Christians. Jesus warns us about putting self above the needs of others and His love is and must be offered to all people, regardless of creed or descent.

We are all connected to each other, and when we harm others, we harm ourselves. It is for his own family's sake that the Psalmist wishes for peace.

I imagine Jerusalem will never achieve peace before the Second Coming, nevertheless it does need our prayers. But perhaps this verse is asking us to pray for the Kingdom. Perhaps we are asked to pray that the peace of Jerusalem to come will be present in our lives regardless of our circumstances. I pray this peace for you.

Paul Wilbur - Shalom Jerusalem

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Friday, 16 November 2018

The Best Things About Quiet Books

I asked the creators - here are the reasons why quiet books are experiencing revival...

"What I like best about my story quiet books is that you can tell stories, make up stories together and play (in whatever language you are most comfortable)."

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"What I love most about my quiet books is that quite literally sky is the limit with respect to what you can create! Anything can be done ๐Ÿ˜Š"

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"I love quiet books, because they can be used by children of all ages and by people with Alzheimers to give both mind and body stimulation."

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"Busy books are the best screen free travel toy, glad they are making a comeback."

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"What I like about the quiet books is that they help children to develop their fine motor skills and imagination... and of course to keep the kids away from gadgets for some time ..."

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The best things about quiet books are "Colorful pages with lively activities helping little fingers to weave; button; zip; buckle; lace and learn too!! And yes all these with loads & loads of fun ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
Crafters love to get back to childhood get into little one’s shoes to see their world !!"

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"Books are great for children’s development and learning, perfect toy for home and places when child has to be quiet, like in an airplane, traveling by car, at the doctor’s office."

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"Hi! The thing I love 'bout quiet books is that it's so interactive that it creates a natural interest in little ones towards getting started with books"

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"I’m in love with quiet books about 3 years already. I like to create pages, making patterns, sewing. It is perfect developing toy which helps kid to know new things. And the main reason I love them, fabric book is not electronic device and can not be connected to internet. For now it is very important for kids to be busy without involvement web information."

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"Really, I think I love all material, activity, play and learn...my son loves books made by Mum ...and it is an evolving toy, I make new books as he develops ๐Ÿ˜‰"

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"I love that quiet books enable learning through play - the best way to learn anything!"

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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Genesis 12 - Abram's Journey Quiet Book Page

In Genesis chapter 12, God tells Abram to go to a place He would show him. I have included a few verses from chapters 11 and 13 here for convenience.

Memory Verse: "The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you." Genesis 12:1

Materials needed to create Abram's Journey quiet book page:

  • A4 felt background sheet. I used deep blue.
  • brown felt, plus tan scraps
  • sewing thread to match, plus blue for the rivers
  • a shoelace
  • crotchet rings
  • my free template

First place your map UPSIDE DOWN on your brown felt and trace around it with a pen.  This way the pen side will be face down...

...and the map will be the right way when placed on the background felt. Sew it down.

Next mark each point at which you will turn when sewing the rivers. I placed my template on top of my felt version and pushed in a pin at each turning point. I started at the branched ends and aimed for the entrance point of each pin when I got to each subsequent pin.

Sew down your pyramids and crotchet rings where indicated. For the crotchet rings I set my machine to zero length on zig zag stitch and secured them with about 20 stitches.

Measure the length of shoelace needed by threading it as shown in the first picture and  leaving enough of an end to stitch it down underneath the zigurat. Melt the ends of the shoelace to prevent fraying before using zig zag stitch to secure it to your page . Place the ziggurat over the end of the shoelace and sew down.


Difficulty Level = Intermediate

This is a very easy quiet book page to sew, except for sewing the rivers. You might find this part easier if you do it by hand.

Key Learning Areas and Skills

  • Genesis 12 - This page tells the story of how Abraham obeyed God and moved his family to Canaan
  • Threading - thread the shoelace through the places mentioned that Abraham stopped at on his way
  • Fine Motor Skills - all quiet books encourage fine motor skill development
  • Hand-eye Co-ordination - all quiet books encourage hand-eye co-ordination

Read the Chapter

Genesis 12


Abraham had already moved from Ur to Haran when God called him to move again. Moving can be a hard thing, particularly when leaving family - although sometimes it is the reason for the move! Perhaps it was one reason that God wanted Abraham to move, although maybe not. Whilst it is recorded in non-Biblical sources that Abraham's father was an idol worshiper and even owned an idol shop, it does seem that God waited until his death before instructing Abraham to leave.

It is also difficult to trust God and take those first steps when you can't see the end of the road. But God asked Abraham to go to a place that He would show him. Abraham didn't know where the road ended. But He decided to trust God anyway.

It ended up being a bit like a wander in the wilderness for him, and although he eventually ended up living in the promised land, the only piece of it he owned was a burial plot. I assume he could not build a house on land that did not belong to him, and that he continued to live in a tent for the rest of his long life.

There is a lot of pressure on people these days to buy their own home and people who are not able to often feel unsuccessful and like they lack something to show for their efforts. Circumstances are far from perfect and though someone works hard, often things don't work out how we plan. God wants us to remember that this earth is not our home - we are wanderers here. And if we live in a tent for the rest of our lives here that is quite OK. One day we will possess a 'mansion'.

Abraham's Exciting Journey - Song for the Kids

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