If you’re looking for something to keep your toddler’s hands busy while waiting at a restaurant or a doctor’s office or while you are occupied around the house, you can’t go wrong with these easy to make busy bags.
Perfect for fall, these three busy bags take less than an hour to make and cost $4 or less, total. Plus, you’ll have more felt leftover for additional projects.
If you’ve joined a busy bag swap with other parents, these are easy busy bags to create for the swap.
8 to 11 sheets of felt (I bought 11 and got them for .25 each at Hancock Fabric)
a pen (you can use a regular pen, or you can use an erasing pen that you can find at the fabric store. Those run $4 to $6.)
sharp fabric scissors
Busy Bag #1: Jack ‘O Lantern Face
You’ll need one piece of orange felt, one piece of black, and half a sheet of whatever color that you would like for the background.
Simply draw a pumpkin shape and cut it out.
Then, draw different shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Use your imagination. You really can’t go wrong here.
Busy Bag #2: Falling Leaves
You will need one half piece of felt for the background, one brown or tan sheet for the tree, and red, orange, yellow, and brown for the leaves.
You can cut the leaves in any shape you’d like and be as decorative as you’d like. I cut them in a simple shape and made about 5 to 7 leaves in each color.
Busy Bag #3: Apple Picking Counting
You’ll need one felt piece for the background and one of the color of your choice for the numbers. You can use the remnants of the red and brown felt pieces you bought for busy bag #2 to make the apples and basket.
I tried to be creative with my apple shapes, but truth be told, they came out more like red circles. If that happens to you, don’t worry. Your toddler won’t be critiquing your artistic ability when it comes to cutting felt apples. She’ll just enjoy playing the game.
The task with this busy bag is for your toddler to place apples in the basket by the tree. Then, she puts the appropriate number beside the basket to represent how many apples are in the basket. If she puts in 3 apples, she puts the number three beside the basket.
With just an hour of your time and less than $4, you can create fun fall busy bags for your toddler.