You know that moment when you are sitting in a doctors waiting room with your child for an appointment? You never know how long it is going to take. Are you going to be there sitting quietly and patiently for 5 or 30 minutes? 5 minutes with a toddler is a-okay. 30 minutes of quiet patience with a toddler is a no go zone.
I was joking with a friend that I sometimes wish my little guy had a red stage light on top of his head. A silent indicator that although all is well now; we are 4 seconds away from a downward spiral that no one sees coming.
Busy books have become quiet popular in recent years. I love the idea of them. I began my research into them when I was looking for outlets during church service for my little guy. I’m not a fan of bringing toys into the sanctuary, even small ones. However, coloring is not my guy’s thing. After looking to the all great Pinterest for ideas. I came upon some amazing busy/quiet book patterns and wanted to share them in one collective spot.
Some of the many benefits of busy books include:
- small motor skill development
- coordination benefits
- problem solving
- preschool learning
- sensory encouragement
- fosters creativity
Busy books look intricate and hard to make, but they are so simple. On that point, I first want to share some tricks you should know before getting started that will make creating a busy book even more simple.
- A secret on how to cut your felt the easy way.
- Use this easy method and take away the hassle of piecing a tiny pattern together.
I can’t wait to start making them for my guy to use.
These would also make great gifts for children from a very crafty friend.
8 Best Free Busy Book Patterns
Super cute toolbox pattern from Serving Pink Lemonade
This adorable piggy bank pattern from Imagine Our Life
A ton of free patterns at All The Quiet Things
Get some laundry practice in with this pattern from Pops and Podge
Sock match making pattern from Imagine Our Life
The sweetest cupcake counting pattern by Bubbles and Bobbins
Get to cruising with this car pattern and so many more from Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows