I have a nephew that is very active at church, and we drew his name for christmas with a five dollar budget. I thought of something that he could really use, an activity book to keep him busy when he has to sit still. My sister made one for my son when he was younger, but I couldn't remember what all she had in it. So I thought of a few fun little things he could do, and most little boys like using their imagination, and hands. So thats why I decided to create a book with clips. I added fun things like a dress up Mr. or Mrs. Potato, counting, shapes, his name to learn. There are so many fun ideas you can do with this. Just figure out what kinds of things they may be interested in, and go for it. I wanted to add a page with little locks and keys (like the kinds you find on little toy chests or diaries) I think little boys would find that very entertaining, and little girls would do better with dress up pages or maybe a shoe to tie the laces.
2 Pattern felt page for back and front of book
Felt pages to create on
Felt pages to cut things out
1/2 yard of fabric to sew for pockets and backside of felt pages(you need this so that the velcro from acitivities doesn't stick to other pages)
Hot Glue Gun, and hot Glue
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Step 1: Designing Pages
Sit down and figure out what kind of pages you would like to create. Cut out the shapes needed for the activities and pages you want.
I traced shapes and the letters with a marker onto the felt page, so that when they take the felt pieces off then they can figure out where they are supposed to go when they put it back on. I then hot glued velcro to the felt pieces they take off and to the felt pages where the pieces should go. I also hot glued the items that are going to be permanant onto the felt pages for example the numbers, tree, dog, edges of the dog collar, edges of clothes lines, and potato shape.
Step 2: Making the Book
After you have designed the pages, glued the velcro and felt into place, then you will take each felt page and sew a smooth fabric on the backside of each felt page, you can sew pockets on the backsides as well, for pockets to store felt pieces. Then sew the pages together, if it is too thick you can hot glue pages together. Then take hot glue and glue the edge where all pages meet together, I added the fabric(blue fabric in mine) to the edge to hide all the hot glue from glueing them all together. Your book is complete!