Free Children’s Color Sorting Activity Page and Basic Busy-Book Tutorial
Little kids love these activity pages and so do I! I love idea of the fabric quiet books, but if you take a quick look at them on Etsy, you’ll see that a completed book runs about $150. (I even saw one listed at $325 for 6 pages!) I credit these sellers for their creativity, awesome sewing skills, and mad patience for assembling these books, but with that price tag and their bulky nature I haven’t been able to justify buying my little ones a quiet book. I’m decent with a sewing machine and could make my own, but with three busy little people and a lack of passion for sewing, that isn’t going to happen. Plus, even if I assemble it myself, the cost still adds up fast and it is still too bulky for my liking. Another thing I’ve noticed is that there a lot of pages out there that have one simple task. Something like, put the camper in the tent. Boom! Two seconds and your child turns the page that took you two hours to assemble, plus the time for a shopping trip and supply costs. While they are adorable and provide an extremely tactile experience for kids, they just aren’t practical for our specific needs.
Since a traditional “quiet book” wasn’t going to work, I started searching for something that would. I wanted pages that are flat and will easily fit in a back-pack, form a cohesive set, and are aesthetically pleasing (since I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree this is a big deal to me). I also wanted activities that I could easily add to, that weren’t overly busy and confusing for children, that would teach my kids new skills and understanding, and something that I could easily replace missing or damaged pieces for at little or no cost. I guess my list of criteria was too long, because I could NOT find what I was looking for anywhere! I gave up the search and decided I would just make exactly what I wanted for my kids.
Now I don’t have to sew, iron, or glue anything! Just print and cut and they are ready to keep the little ones busy for hours while helping them learn. I also love that we can slip these in a binder and tuck them in our day bag to keep the kids busy at church, in the car, or visiting friends/family who don’t have the most child-friendly houses. In order to make ours last as long as possible before printing again, I opted to print them on cardstock and laminate them in 3mil pouches. I have a Silhouette Cameo 3 and used that to cut out all of the pieces that go with the pages, so the only time I touched a pair of scissors was to trim them after lamination. (Go to the very bottom of the page if you’d like the print and cut file too.)
I’ve seen activity pages where people stick velcro to key spots on the pages as well as the back of each piece. This works great, but leaves unsightly white spots all over your pages. I prefer to laminate everything and use removable sticky dots or putty to secure the pieces temporarily. If you put them in a binder, you can stick the pieces to the back of the page before the one to work on. Another option is to just stick the pages in sheet protectors or simply hole punch them to put in a binder and then put pieces in envelopes or bags. Just go with whatever system works best for you and your little one.
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These are a couple of options for sticky dots. I have only ever used the Elmer’s permanent glue dots because I already had them on hand from another project. I found that they were initially a bit too sticky to move from page to page easily. But if you stick them to the piece and then stick it to your shirt (or arm) a couple times, it gets rid of enough of the stickiness to make it the perfect tackiness to stick on the pages, but still be moved easily. Kind of silly, I know, but I was working with what I had on hand so we’ll just call it “resourcefulness.”
Cut the shapes out and have your child practice color recognition and sorting. Kids love the tactile nature of these pages.
Why do I love these pages?
Flat pages make it easy to store them in a folder or binder and to take on the go.
You won’t have to trade your firstborn child in order to fund a fun activity book for their siblings.
These aren’t activity pages your child does once and then they are no good, they can be used again and again and again and again and….
If any of the pieces or pages get lost or damaged (which they will, because… kids), you can just print more.
Cute and Cohesive
These pages clearly go together. The illustrated objects can easily be used from page to page when your child feels creative and they still match.
Easy To Add To
It’s super easy to slip new pages to your child’s busy book. (Be on the look out for the Body Pack coming soon!)
There is nothing confusing about the activity on each page. Even a child can figure them out! (But that’s kind of the point.)
Great Bonding Time
Some skills and learning pages require more time to master, this is where you come in. To get the most out of the pages, teach and bond with your child, especially if they aren’t reading quite yet.
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"Give me the Freebie!"
Alright, now that you've made it through all that, here is the link to your free PDF download! Test out this page and see if your child enjoys this type of activity. Happy color sorting!Download Here
activity pages like this!
Have access to a Silhouette Cameo?
If you have a Silhouette machine or access to one (some public libraries have them for use) and don’t want to cut the pages by hand, I have created .studio3 files for that. They are set up and ready to go for the print and cut feature. It will save you oodles of time and look nice to boot! Click below to access the print and cut file for this color sorting page. You will still need to download the PDF above for the main page, this .studio3 file only includes the page of pieces to cut out.