This felt Easter egg busy board is easy to make, encourages creativity, and provides opportunities to reinforce colors and sorting in young kids.
Do you remember those adorable felt Christmas trees that were going around Pinterest a few years ago…the ones that are like giant felt boards for the kids to arrange and rearrange the ornaments? I loved seeing all of the different versions out there. I even came across a 3D version…so fun and creative! In fact, I liked the idea so much that I bought a bunch of felt back in December of 2014. (Yes, that would be two Christmases ago)
You can probably guess what happened, can’t you? Yep, the felt sat around in my craft room for over a year, just waiting to be used.
It turns out that was a good thing, though. Because I as I was trying to figure out a way to keep the 3-year-old busy one weekday, I realized that idea could be twisted into an Easter version. Less than an hour later…voila we had a Felt Easter Egg Busy Board.
I kept it simple, with circles, straight lines, zig zag lines and pointed ovals. I could lie to you and say that I planned on having the flower petals and leaf shapes to encourage the kids’ creativity. But the reality is that I tried several times to make cut out pretty flowers for decorations, but failed miserably each and every time. The petal/leaf/pointed oval was my last-ditch attempt at getting something a bit more festive going on.
How to Make a Felt Easter Egg Busy Board
What You’ll Need:
1 large and sturdy piece of cardboard*
1 large piece of felt big enough to cover your cardboard
Duct tape or hot glue
5-6 smaller sheets of felt (8×10)
*I used an unwanted matted picture that was left over from a Goodwill frame. You could use the side of a cardboard box or foam core board as well.
How You Do It:
- If necessary, iron the wrinkles out of the large piece of felt and cut the cardboard to fit.
- Wrap the front of the cardboard with the felt, using duct tape to attach the felt to the back of the board.
- From the 8×10 sheets of felt, cut three egg shapes. It’s easiest if you fold the felt in half lengthwise and cut out a semi-circle that is larger on one side.
- Cut circles and small shapes out of the scraps from the sheets used to make the eggs
- With the remaining felt sheets, cut strips and zig-zags, trimming to fit various widths of the eggs.
And that’s it! It only took about 45 minutes from start to finish, and that includes stopping several times to help out the littles. Once I put everything up, L had a blast rearranging all the decorations. When T got home from school we put the board on the floor and the girls spent plenty of time sorting the pieces, decorating, negotiating who got which pieces, dumping the eggs off, and doing it all over again!
How would you use leftover felt?
Do you have a favorite Easter activity?