Busy Books!

I have taken on a new hobby….SEWING! I have never sewn anything before and do not even know how to use a sewing machine but I am having a lot of fun learning! I decided to make my son a busy book.  Busy books are just cloth books full of fun activities for children to keep them busy and help in developing their fine motor skills. They can be educational  as well  if you include alphabets/numbers and shape activities. They are extremely fun and addictive to make and you can find many free templates online. I purchased one from Etsy but also incorporated other free templates that I had found.

Here are some pictures of the pages so far. I will put up the links where I found the ideas/ templates etc

It is not a perfect book but hopefully I will improve :p

 

To make a busy book you will need some basic tools such as:

Thread /or you can simply glue it together but I like the look of a sewn book

Needle

Felt

Sharp scissors

Embellishments – such as buttons, zips, ribbons etc

 

Cover page
Cover page

 

I got this template from  Amy Pincock's  'Quiet Book Patterns: 25 Easy-To-Make Activities for Your Children'.
I got this template from Amy Pincock’s ‘Quiet Book Patterns: 25 Easy-To-Make Activities for Your Children’.
There is a little pocket to keep all the robot parts. This was my son's favoutite page. He loved making new robots.
There is a little pocket to keep all the robot parts.
This was my son’s favourite page. He loved making new robots.
I got the template for the lift up fruit from Etsy.
I got the template for the lift up fruit from Etsy.
Counting beads page
Counting beads page
Find the animals page and planets page
Find the animals page and planets page

 

 

I would recommend getting Quiet Book Patterns: 25 Easy-To-Make Activities for Your Children (CD Included) It has a lot of great tips, ideas and templates.