I recently came across this Felt Caterpillar Busy Bag tutorial from Toddler Approved. I instantly knew I needed to do something like it for my guys! They just looove googly eyes and the creations her kids made from that busy bag were beyond adorable (you have to check it out). Anyhow, in our case I “felt” like felt silly faces were in order. (haha, sorry).
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I had a big ol’ pile of felt in our craft closet, but even if you don’t have felt hanging around it’s fairly inexpensive and easy to whip up something like this.
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To put together these felt silly faces busy bag I first cut numerous shapes, freehand, from a variety of colors of felt. I made lots of smaller pieces envisioning them being used as eyes, noses, mouths, arms, lets etc. I cut out some larger shapes which I envisioned being used at the main faces for our creations. Of course I threw in plenty of googly eyes too!
We really haven’t done too much with felt before so initially I set everything up as an invitation to play. My thought process being that this way everything would be spread out, easy to see and Mr. C could familiarize himself with all the contents. Once he’s done using it, it will go into a little bag and be stored as a busy bag for future use.
I’ll be honest. He blew right past it after nap time and was on to much more active things. It wasn’t until later in the evening that he sat down and really played with it. This tells me it’s going to be a good wind down/quiet time activity for him.
I love an activity like this because not only does it allow for creativity and open ended play but it’s great for sneaking in some learning and conversation around shapes, colors, and even emotions as we make happy faces, sad faces, silly faces and more.