We all know small children have inquisitive little minds! It’s for this reason, a ‘quiet book’ or a ‘busy book’ is perfect for keeping them occupied and entertained.

What is a busy book? Usually made from felt or fabric, a ‘busy book’ is an interactive activity book that offers developmental and sensory stimulation for your little one.

While you can make a busy book with anything you might have at home, a Cricut machine will make the DIY job a breeze.

Early years teacher and mum-of-two, Malinda from @love.alice.x created a dress-up activity using felt, the Cricut Maker and the images available in Design Space.

Mum-of-two, Malinda created a busy book for her daughter.

With Cricut Design Space app and smart cutting machines you can easily create your own professional looking busy books in three easy steps.

  1. Create your own designs for the activity pages using Cricut Design Space App.
  2. Cut out the design in your choice of materials from felt, fabric, vinyl and more using the Cricut Machines.
  3. Assemble and glue the pages together.

Watch Malinda’s busy book come to life in the steps below.

Watch Malinda’s DIY Cricut Busy Book video below. 

The Cricut Maker 3 is the ultimate smart cutting machine.

What can you make? What can’t you make? You’re only limited by your imagination! Think personalised t-shirts with Iron On; bespoke birthday cards; decals for just about anything you want to decorate or label; 3D artwork; and more. Everything is a canvas with Cricut!

The Cricut Maker 3 can cut 300+ materials from paper, vinyl and iron-on, to fabrics, leather and even thin balsawood (up to 2.4mm in thickness).

In addition to cutting, the Cricut Maker 3 can also draw, deboss, engrave, foil, perforate, score and more, using Cricut’s range of accompanying tools and accessories.

How it works:

  • Design – Download the Cricut Design Space app on your smartphone, tablet or computer. From there, you can choose from thousands of ready-to-make projects, design your own from scratch using the hundreds of thousands of images and fonts, or upload your own design!
  • Cut – Once your design is ready to go, connect your Maker 3, follow the steps on the app and watch your machine do all the hard work!
  • Assemble – assemble your project and voila, it’s done!

The Cricut Maker 3, $699 from Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Spotlight.