To keep your kiddos busy this summer, consider making this 15-minute busy book page using felt shapes! It’s a great way to review shapes and colors while keeping little hands busy. It’s super fun!
When my kids were little, busy books were my go-to activity. They loved flipping through the pages and finding all sorts of activities to do. I would often make busy book pages ahead of time and store them in a binder. Then, when I needed a quick activity, I could just pull out a page and let them go to town.
This particular busy book page is a great way to review shapes and colors. To make it, you’ll need some felt in different colors and shapes. You can easily find these at your local craft store or online.
This is a great gift for babies and toddlers! Highly recommend!
How To Make A Felt Shapes Busy Book Page
This busy activity for kids can be made in 15 minutes or less!
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need…
- Stiff felt sheet (I used these large sheets cut in half)
- Felt scraps (I bought this bag of felt scraps to make all of my busy books)
- Shapes page pattern (print by clicking here)
- Sewing machine
Here’s how to make this DIY busy book page…
Start by printing out the shapes pattern page and cut all of your pieces from the felt.
Cut the ribbon and velcro pieces to attach to the busy book page.
Note: I did not measure the ribbon lengths but just make sure they will extend from the inside of the pocket to the shapes with plenty of slack.
Sew the velcro to both of the shape pieces to that they will stick together on your finished busy book page.
One of the shapes should get the ribbon under the velcro as shown below.
Sew the shapes that do not have the ribbon to the stiff felt sheet randomly on the page. Sew the loose ends of the ribbons to the page as shown below.
Note: This will be hidden by the pocket in a minute.
Sew on the pocket leaving the top open.
Your shapes busy book page is complete! They can store the shapes in the pocket and then pull them out to match them up! A fun activity for toddlers just learning their shapes.
Here are a couple of questions that I see readers ask about learning how to make a busy book page using felt shapes. If you have a question, please check to see if I’ve already answered it below. Don’t see it? Leave it for me in the comments!
Do I need to use felt for this busy book page?
While felt is a great option, you can also use other materials like foam, cardboard, or even paper. Experiment to find what works best for your kids and their interests!
How long will it take me to make this busy book page?
Depending on the type of felt you use and your sewing skills, this busy activity can be made in as little as 15 minutes – or it could take a bit longer if you’re new to making busy books.
How can I make this page more educational for my kids?
There are lots of ways to add an educational component to this busy book page. For example, you can incorporate colors or numbers into the shapes, or you could even make your own shape pattern cards and have your kids match them up using the velcro pieces. The possibilities are endless!
More Fun Activities For Kids!
You also don’t want to miss the fun activities below that will keep your kids busy!
Start with some indoor hopscotch over at A Turtle’s Life for Me. This is such an inexpensive idea! Plus it will last for many, many years!
Turn any milk carton into a robot with this printable from Strawberry Mommycakes. Your kids will love this one!
Print this dry-erase coloring book over at The Girl Creative. She has a super simple way to laminate them as well.
Let your kids make some paper twins like these from Ginger Snap Crafts. This is the perfect project for a rainy day!
Print and color your own paper dolls over at 100 Directions. I loved paper dolls when I was a kid!
Make a fun toy car storage belt with the instructions at Sew What Alicia. Such a great idea for those kids that love cars!
A tin can can become a drum in minutes with these instructions from Clever Pink Pirate. The kids will have hours of fun with this craft!
Let kids of all ages loose with some paint for a fun piece of artwork. How do you get that cute bunny cut out? Let The DIY Village show you here!
One of my co-hosts this month has a great bunny ear match game that is sure to please the little kids. Check out how to make your own on Glued To My Crafts!
- Start by printing out the shapes pattern page and cut all of your pieces from the felt.
- Cut the ribbon and velcro pieces to attach to the busy book page.
- Sew the velcro to both of the shape pieces to that they will stick together on your finished busy book page. One of the shapes should get the ribbon under the velcro as shown below.
- Sew the shapes that do not have the ribbon to the stiff felt sheet randomly on the page. Sew the loose ends of the ribbons to the page as shown below.
- Sew on the pocket leaving the top open.
- I did not measure the ribbon lengths but just make sure they will extend from the inside of the pocket to the shapes with plenty of slack.