Little man is getting to the age that he is just NOT fun at church, out at dinner, pretty much anywhere he is expected to sit and keep still/quiet. One of the little things I am excited to give him for Christmas is a Winter quiet book- made especially for him! I started off with just four activity pages, but I am hoping to add a few more before Christmas.
I made this book using scraps of felt I already had on hand- as well as some ribbon, sequins, buttons and pom poms I already had.
Note: I am using hot glue, as little man is firmly over the stuffing things in his mouth phase. If your little one is still exploring by putting everything in his mouth- please use embroidery thread or thread, NOT glue. Also be sure to always supervise your little one while playing with their book!
To make the book, I took two sheets of felt, and folded them in half. I sewed a simple zig zag stitch along the sides of both folded sheets.
Next, I took some Heat n Bond Ultra and ironed it onto the back of a bunch of different color felts. Heat n Bond not only allows you to iron on the felt to the book, but it also makes it much easier to cut shapes.
I cut out white circles for a snowman, and then ironed it onto one sheet to make his body- and drew on a little carrot nose and coal eyes and mouth with sharpies. I then cut out a red hat and mittens for the snowman, and glued a little yellow string for them to hang on. I also hot glued on some jingle bell buttons and a green pop pom for the hat topper. All of the textures and sounds will be so much fun for little man to explore!
Next, I cut out a green tree, a brown stump, and glued on some sparkly sequins as decorations. We can point to the different colors and count each color.
I then cut out 3 ginger bread men, and glued one, two, or three buttons on him so we can count the buttons.
I tied both pages together by poking a small hole in the top corner and threading some ribbon through. This way, I can add more pages and just tie them on!
The ideas and skills I have incorporated here are pretty basic, because my little guy is only 15 months- but you could add more colors, make button holes and stars to button on, pockets for flashcards, etc. for an older child.
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