I love looking at all the creative felt board activities online. My kids love playing with the flannel graph board pieces at church, so I knew that a felt board at home would be an activity that they would enjoy. The thought of cutting out and making all those pieces though has always kept me from giving a homemade felt play set a try. But, then I had this idea of a fun Jack-o’-Lantern felt set that I couldn’t get out of my mind.
Somehow I accidentally mentioned to my 5 year-old my idea, and that sealed my fate. I was going to have to try to make a felt play set whether I liked it or not. Every day when my kid’s rest time ended he would say, “Mommy, did you make my pumpkin felt face yet?” “Um, no.”
So, I finally decided one day that I would give it a try, and making this pumpkin busy bag is so easy that it literally only took around 5 minutes to cut out the pieces. Both my kids (5 and 2) really enjoyed it, and my kindergartner even took the busy bag in for show and tell at school. I think that this will just be the first felt set that I make for my kids.
Simple DIY Jack-o’-Lantern Busy Bag
- 2 sheets of felt, orange and black
- small bag for storing the pieces
How to Make the Jack-o’-Lantern Felt Set
1. Draw a pumpkin shape on the orange felt.
You can use this printable from my Jack-o-Lantern doodle sheets as a template, but I just drew mine freehand. It really wasn’t very difficult, and I thought the pumpkin looked great.
2. Cut out eyes, noses, mouths, and eyebrows.
Remember that Jack-o’-Lanterns are typically carved and part of their appeal is that they aren’t perfect. These eyes, noses, mouths, and eyebrows don’t have to be perfect, just start cutting out some triangles, squares, and circles. Have your kid cut out some too if they are old enough.
That’s really it. Once you have your pumpkin face and eyes, noses, mouths, and eyebrows cut out, your kid can start playing by arranging and rearranging the pieces to make funny Jack-o’-Lantern faces. I love how quiet, imaginative, and fun this activity is. This felt play set is also small enough to easily fit into your purse for keeping kids busy while you are waiting somewhere.
This post is part of the monthly Busy Bag of the Month series hosted on several different blogs. Be sure to hop around and visit the other ideas this month in the series. There is even another seasonal felt play idea this month! We also have a collection of busy bag ideas from around the internet on our Busy Bag Pinterest board. If you are a blogger and want to share your own busy bag post, please do so in the comments section!
Don’t miss this month’s other busy bag ideas:
Toddler Approved – Felt Haunted House: Play with Colors
And Next Comes L – Hot Glue Gun Crayon Rubbing Busy Bag
I’ll be adding to this section as the posts go live.
If you are on Pinterest (and if not, just bookmark this link), be sure to follow our Busy Bag Pinterest board. It’s a great resource for finding ideas for kids’ activities that can be packed in a bag or box!
If you have any busy bag ideas, we would love for you to share them in the comments thread. We’ll be pinning and sharing ideas throughout the month!
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly Greenville News columnist, and co-owner of Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: 10 Tips for Reading to Babies, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and Fireworks in a Bottle.