Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Busy Book



When it comes to busy books, I've always had mixed feelings.  The pages don't all seem age appropriate at the same time. The activities range from simple flip book pages to difficult activities like tying bows.  And they are very time consuming to make.  But, I really like the idea behind them.

So I tried to simplify the idea.  I made a busy book with a twist.  It is a felt book, where the covers can double as felt boards. And the pages are Ziploc bags.  So they can be filled and exchanged.
Then I made some simple activities. To fill the pages. 

The activities don't have to be hand made, you can fill the book with anything your child likes.  But, I did include some simplistic templates I made. And there will be more to come.







Free Printables and Downloads:

Serving Pink Lemonade also has some cute ideas you can adapt into these books. 
I adapted her frosted cookies template: found here
And her sandwich template: found here
I also suggest looking around her site. Its full of cute ideas.


 

7 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this post! I feel the exact same way as you described. I have spend 2 hours trying to find the right book for my 3 yr old for a road trip and nothing clicks.
    It is either way too babyish or too complicated- all in one book!

    I am going to try your templates.

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  2. I love this idea! I am totally going to make one of these for my 3 year old he will love it! We will be driving for two days to Oregon and this would be a great idea to keep him occupied for a little while. Thanks so much!

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  3. This is a great idea. Love it.

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  4. I downloaded what I need to but can't download the prints.

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    1. Kathy- I double checked and the links work to open the prints...but they are google documents. Do you have a google account? Or how is it that the prints aren't downloading and maybe I can help more. Thanks and sorry for the confusion!

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  5. Thanks for the comments girls and I'm glad you like them!

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  6. This is amazing, i am going to make one for my niece. she, along with my sister, will love it.x

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