Do you enjoy crocheting for a baby or toddler who could use some fun new toys? Would your little one (or your grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew or friend’s baby) enjoy playing with cute finger puppets and a delightful activity box in either a farm theme or a fairy princess theme? If so, Busy Baby Boxes: 2 Activity Cubes With Movable Pieces is a crochet pattern booklet you’ll definitely want to add to your pattern stash. These patterns are simply ADORABLE!
What You Need to Know About This Crochet Pattern Book:
Author: Jessica Boyer
Publisher: Leisure arts
Copyright Date: 2018
ISBN 13: 978-1464771804
ISBN 10: 1464771804
This book is available in the following format(s):
- Small softcover booklet with staple binding (available from Leisure Arts, Amazon and numerous other retailers)
- Digital download: Kindle e-book edition (available from Amazon)
- Digital download: PDF e-book (available from the Leisure Arts website)
Number of Pages: 48
Skill Level: Both of the cute baby toy designs included in this book are rated as easy crochet patterns.
Crochet Projects Included in This Book:
Farm Block Baby Toy With 6 Finger Puppets
4 of the sides on this adorable cube-shaped baby toy are designed to look just like the sides of a barn. There are lots of fun details like barn doors that really open, windows, and lofts. The top of the box looks like the barn roof; on the bottom of the box is a scene that looks like a grassy meadow outside the barn.
Each side of the box has pockets where you or your little one can put the finger puppets as you play with them. For example, the meadow scene has 3 pockets; there’s a mud puddle that has a pocket where you can insert the little piggy puppet, or any of the other puppets; the two grassy knolls are both pockets too. The bottom of the box is the scene pictured on the front cover of the book, if you want to take a closer look at it.
The finger puppet patterns included in this set are as follows:
There’s also a CUTE little miniature basket with a chick and egg you can put inside it.
Fairy Princess Block With 4 Finger Puppets and Star-Shaped Magic Wand
This block has diverse designs on its sides as follows:
- A castle
- A unicorn
- A pocket for holding a child-sized magic wand, which is removable
- A nighttime scene featuring two trees and the starry night sky with moon
- A spotted mushroom
- A magic mirror; if you make it using a mirror sheet as suggested in the pattern, your little one will be able to really see himself or herself in the mirror.
The finger puppet patterns included in this set are as follows:
- Fairy Princess
- Nature Fairy
- Sleepy Fairy
The Best Things About This Book
These patterns are colorful, fun, creative and super cute! They’ll provide your baby with lots of imaginative playtime.
The barnyard baby box pattern is officially toddler approved; my 2-year old daughter is begging me to make it for her. This is no great surprise, as her grandparents often take her to a ranch to see horses and to a farm to pet lots of different animals. Her favorite finger puppets are the cow and the horse.
So far I’ve worked the cow finger puppet from this book, and I plan to make some of the other finger puppets shortly. I found the instructions in this book clear, straightforward and easy to follow.
My little girl LOVES her new cow finger puppet! She has played with it every day since I made it for her. Cow has been riding around on my daughter’s (unrelated) wooden toy train; my daughter removes the little wooden blocks and puts cow over one of the spokes to go for a ride — a perfect fit! And she wears cow on one finger and makes her dance to the rhythm as we sing “Old MacDonald had a farm” together. It’s amazing how a couple hours of crochet time and a little bit of yarn can bring such joy to a little one. I imagine our playtime will get even more fun once cow has a few new companions, like the horse finger puppet and the chickens from this book.
I encourage my daughter to choose a “bedtime buddy” every night before we go to bed (which makes bedtime more fun — there has been much less getting-in-bed resistance since we started to include bedtime buddies in our routine). The new cow finger puppet has been her bedtime buddy every night since cow’s introduction into the world.
The paperback version of Busy Baby Boxes is small and portable. It will most likely fit comfortably in a project bag or purse if you’re interested in taking your crochet on the road (or you could download one of the digital versions if you want to access it from your tablet or laptop. Although I can’t honestly imagine trying to crochet from any pattern displayed on a phone, the option to read a Kindle e-book on your phone is available to you if that’s what you want to do).
These toys are totally gift worthy; they’ll make truly unique baby shower gifts.
These toys are also fun and engaging crochet projects to work on. It’s hard to say who’ll have more fun — you, when you crochet these cute projects, or the baby who’ll get to play with them when you’re finished making them. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy watching your little sweetheart play with these adorable toys. Watching my girl play with her little cow puppet has certainly brought me much joy, and I’m looking forward to more fun as I work my way through some of the other patterns in this booklet.
Other Observations About This Book
The patterns in this book include written text instructions, multiple color photographs and diagrams. In the back of the book, you’ll find some general instructions for crochet abbreviations and needlework techniques you’ll need to know. This section also includes some line-art illustrations. There are instructions for embroidery stitches like the satin stitch and lazy daisy stitch. You’ll need the embroidery for finishing the finger puppets’ faces and for some other details, like the stem on the sunflower and the suns’ rays in the meadow on the bottom of the barnyard activity block.
If you never learned how to crochet, or you’re rusty on your crochet techniques and you need to brush up on them, this book isn’t going to teach you all the basic stitches you’ll need to know. For that, I recommend picking up a separate crochet manual. We’ve posted a list of our picks for the best crochet books for beginners; you’re invited to check it out. We also make a complete beginners’ guide to crochet available if you’d prefer to work from online tutorials while you get up to speed on your crochet techniques.
This is a creative and fun little booklet that you won’t want to pass up if you ever have a need to make easy crochet projects for babies or toddlers. You really can’t put a value on joy — it’s priceless, don’t you think? And this book is sure to bring hours of joyful amusement to both the crocheter and the recipient of these delightful toys. I think the buyers of this book will get an excellent value for the money they spend on it. The retailers I’ve linked to below often sell books at discounted prices; if you’re able to find the book on sale for less than its cover price, it’s an even better value.
Where to Buy The Busy Baby Boxes Book:
- Click here to shop for this book at the Leisure Arts website.
- Click here to shop for this book at Knitpicks.
- Click here to shop for this book at Amazon.com.
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This page was last updated on 4/30/2018.