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Busy Bag Idea: Felt Snowflakes

The Snowflake Builder Busy Bag has been a hit–even though it’s not exactly winter around here yet. 🙂

 

It’s a simple idea to put together, only requires a small amount of felt, and the snowflake building possibilities are almost endless.

You can print off snowflake patterns here for your child to follow, or you can encourage them to create their own patterns.

Kaitlynn asked if she could glue her felt pieces to the board to make a permanent snowflake to display. While I told her that I didn’t want her to do that just yet, it gave me the idea that I’m going to cut more shapes out of white paper and then give them to her with a glue stick and a dark sheet of paper and let her design and glue the pieces on the dark paper to create her own paper snowflake.

See more details on how to create a Felt Snowflake Busy Bag here (you might consider laminating the patterns, if you want them to last longer). Find more Busy Bag ideas here.

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16 Comments

  • What if you put velcro on the back of the pieces? That way, she could create them, let them serve as a decoration for awhile, and then recreate them?

  • Plain Graces says:

    Fun! I have a lot of tangrams, but I love the idea of using felt shapes and seasonal themes. Different papers and textures would be fun also. Now you have me thinking…. Thanks!

  • Chelsea says:

    Love the felt snowflakes. What a super idea. I want to add this one to my collection.

    We recently hosted bag swap with 25 bags and used your 2 fabulous bag ideas. Thanks for posting those, they are adorable.

    We blogged about all the bags too, here is the link if you are interested, http://codyandchelseagroves.blogspot.com/p/busy-bag-swap.html

    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  • heather says:

    Making them with paper would give her the opportunity to work on her cutting skills too if she was able to help cut out the shapes! This is a GREAT activity. My boys are a little older, but I think that they would like this one, too. Thanks for sharing!
    Heather

  • Angie D says:

    I bet you’ll be in more of a cold mood tomorrow! Brrr! Bless that mom who cut out all that felt. My kids would love those.

  • deseray yeo-jones says:

    I did this activity for my busy bag project. It took A LONG TIME to glue all of the felt to the boards, and cut all of the shapes out of white felt. Glad to get 28 other bags back, but I would definitely never choose that project again.

    • Danielle B says:

      I was just thinking, “Hmmm….this is great for me, since I’ll only make one busy bag, but I certainly wouldn’t want to cut out all those pieces of felt 25-28 times for an actual swap!” 🙂

  • BethB says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these! I made some of the toddler activities for my 2 year old and I have plenty of felt left. This would be an easy one to use for both him and my 5 year old.

  • Janice says:

    This is a fun idea! I love to make felt educational activities for my etsy shop…I’m thinking of a variation of the snowflakes to make for my shop. Thanks for the ideas!

    You can see my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/feltyfun?ref=si_shop

  • This would be fun for stocking stuffers! Thanks!

  • Merrilee says:

    I’ve used this idea as a frugal homemade gift for my kids to give to their friends. The hardest part is cutting out all those shapes! By the time you’re done, you’re DONE. But they really do enjoy it.

  • I’ve done something similar using sandpaper instead of felt for the background. Since I was using it as a car project for my son while we were driving to Cape Cod, I did beach shapes and the sandpaper was the sand.

  • Shannon says:

    Looking at the first picture, it reminded me of building molecules in science class!

  • Rachel says:

    I think even my six year old would have fun with this one! Then he’d start on paper ones and we’d soon have snowflakes everywhere.

    Come to think of it, I should find some autumn leaf templates and have him make those with construction paper, and put them on the windows! We’d both like that!

  • What a great idea! Maybe if I start now, I could have 3 sets made for my kids for a nice winter activity!

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

  • Hi, I’m super excited to see that your family is enjoying the Felt Snowflake builder that I sent in the swap. Very cool to see project I made in your pictures. I showed this post to my kids and they thought it was neat too and my daughter looked at the pictures of Kaitlynn and said “What’s that girl’s name and I want to go to her house”! 🙂 Glad you are enjoying the busy bag.

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