Have you heard of a Quiet Book? We have one that my auntie gave me when Jacob was born. We love it!
Here's what it's like inside...
Flowers to practice buttoning. A ladybug that unzips to reveal...
mini ladybugs.Color matching velcro balloons. The apple tree is a favorite page of ours. The apples are great for counting practice. When the kids are very small we use them to practice sharing and following directions. "Pick the apples and put them in mommy's hand...Put them back on the tree." They both loved doing that.Look! There's even a math section. The babies love the abacus beads. And despite many attempts, they've never freed any from the strands.Snap on shape and a kitty with a tied on collar. The Noodle loves the cat. He looks for it every time he opens this book.
Velcro traffic light and a functioning belt buckle.
And a clock with spinning hands.
You can see why we love this book. It's got so many different pages with a range of developmental activities. It's been well used in the last 3 1/2 years and it's a rare toy that both boys can still use. I can't even count how many church services Boo sat through with this book to keep him entertained. It's perfect for that. I'd say it's great for traveling too but you have to keep an eye on those loose pieces. Our two missing pieces escaped during road trips.
I haven't found our exact book online as my aunt bought it in New Zealand. But Amazon has one called My Quiet Book that's very similar. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can make one yourself. Homemade by Jill made an adorable book and shares some of her page templates.