As a child I loved a good, interactive busy book. Books that you could velcro, button or put things into pockets are some of my favorite activities from when I was younger. My girls loved books that you could open flaps on or that had different textures. Today I’m sharing an easy DIY magnet learning busy book for kids you can create in under an hour!
This DIY busy book requires very few supplies to make. This activity is good for older toddlers and preschoolers too.
*Warning: always watch children when magnets are involved, so they do not put small objects into their mouth*
DIY Magnet Learning Busy Book
Blank books from craft store (I got mine in the dollar section of Target)
Hot glue gun
Self-seal laminating sheets (optional)
How to Create the DIY Magnet Book
Go through old magazines and find pictures of things your child can identify
Cut out pictures of objects. I cut out multiple pictures and glued some directly to the pages in the book.
I took one picture from each page and glued it onto cardstock to make it sturdier. Then I covered it with laminate sheets. You don’t have to do this, but it will make the book last longer with smaller hands when they’re taking the pictures in and out.
After I placed the laminate on top of the picture I cut it out
Then I glued a magnet on the page of the book and glued the other side of the magnet to my finished laminated picture
I then wrote the word that corresponds with the picture.
I continued to do this until I filled the pages of the book.
For easy storage you can take off the magnet pictures and store them in a ziploc bag inside the book.
This DIY busy book project took very little time to make. I had most of the supplies on hand. The only thing I picked up was the blank book in the dollar section.
The beauty of this kids activity is you can make it with whatever pictures you want. You can make it with the ABC’s to teach the alphabet or with different pictures to teach specific words. You could also make this seasonal and have one for Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall.
The possibilities are endless.
Here are some additional DIY busy book ideas:
No Sew Quiet Book – Powerful Mothering
Make Your Own Quiet Book – And Next Comes L
DIY Interactive Book for Babies – Simply Mom Bailey
Does your child like busy books? What other types of busy books do your children like?
Heather lives in Florida with her two girls and two pups. She is a lover of most things in life, too many to name here without scaring you, but a few include working out, learning new recipes, Pinterest, organizing (yes, it’s true!), home decor and learning to lead a more minimal and purposeful life.
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Nishtha Jolly says
Quiet books and Soft books are creative & beautiful toys for Childs. it help in social and motor development of children.
Jaimi Erickson says
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Great post. Busy books or quiet books help improve memory and logic along with mental agility.
K. Dotty says
This is what I’ve been needing! My child is craving hands on craft activities like this book, and I have ALL the supplies needed to create one – yay! I can’t wait to start looking through old magazines together. Thanks so much for this idea 🙂
Jaimi Erickson says
Hooray! That is all good news. So glad this will be helpful.