Anyway, even though this might be a little late for you to replicate by Christmas, I am going to show you a quick and easy (sloppy? don't notice all the glue gun messes, please!) busy book I made for my neice. My mother in law has the hardest time keeping my niece and nephew quiet during church and there is no nursery. So I decided to make my niece a busy book, hopefully it will help! I'm not sure what would occupy her, she is nearly three but a little behind developmentally... And I have zero understanding of kids that are not the same age as Owen.. Not sure if this will be fun or not.
This was pretty much made with felt and hot glue, each page has a pocket to keep all the pieces in.
The cover, I glued on pipe cleaners, which was easier than cutting out letters but made a big ole mess
Sewed on buttons, pipe cleaner stems, you button the flowers on and off
Shadow matching with shapes
Picking apples from the tree, putting them in the basket, they spell her name
fish, counting up to 6