How to Make a Felt Busy Book for Preschoolers

A felt busy book is easy to make for fine motor and sensory play. Kids will have hands-on fun as they explore this homemade book by tugging fasteners, zipping zippers and more. 

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This busy book is filled with sensory fine motor play kids can't resist! Toddlers and preschoolers will love getting their hands on the various closures.

There are so many ways to observe the moving parts.

  • Listen to the sound of the hook and loop closure.
  • Feel the teeth on the zipper.
  • Recognize different colors as you turn the pages

This sensory book helps strengthen fine motor skills as kids open and close the various fasteners. These skills benefit other areas of independent learning such as using scissors and writing letters of the alphabet.

This book is made on a sewing machine but you can sew the pieces together by hand.

Along with the felt you will need a few materials you may already have in your sewing basket.

DIY felt sensory book


Supplies for a felt busy book


Materials list

  • medium to large size buttons
  • zipper
  • hook and loop closure (Velcro)
  • felt

Felt pages for a homemade busy book


How to make a felt busy book

Here is my design for the three pages of this book.

  • Felt pieces measuring 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.(14 cm x 22 cm) for the pages of the book.
  • One fastener option on each page.



Felt sensory book with zipper

1. Zipper

Sew the zipper to a full page.


Busy book with hook and loop closure

2. Hook and loop

Cut a piece of felt measuring 4 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (11 cm x 14 cm).

Sew the two sides of the hook and loop closure to this smaller felt piece.

DIY sensory book with felt pages

Sew the smaller onto the matching full size page. The smaller piece of felt becomes a tab for kids to grasp as they open and close the hook and loop closure.

Sensory book with fine motor play for preschoolers

3. Button

Cut a piece of felt to measure 4 1/2 in. x 5 1/2 in. (11 cm x 14 cm) to make a smaller page.

Sew the small page onto a full page of the same color as shown.


Felt busy book for early learning

Make buttonholes by cutting two slits in the smaller page to line up with the buttons sewn to the full page.

Felt homemade activity book

4. Sew all the pages together.

DIY busy book for fine motor play


Your sensory book is finished!

The zipper, buttons and hook and loop fasteners can be used over and over for fine motor and sensory play.

You can also add pages with other fasteners such as snaps or shoelaces.

This is a fun busy book that will engage your toddler or preschooler during quiet times.


Busy book made with felt and fasteners

Felt book diy for sensory play



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