Make an Interactive Haunted Busy Board for Kids

Keep your little ghouls busy all month long with this interactive Halloween-themed busy board project.

Get the kids into the Halloween spirit with this DIY interactive wool and felt board. Younger children will love decorating this haunted house with pumpkins, ghosts, bats and more. Added bonus: The whole thing rolls up easily for storage from year to year.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Felt sticks to wool making for easy haunted house decorating. Hang this fun art piece down low where the kids can reach and leave it up all month long for a Halloween activity that's different every time the kids play.


  • colorful wool
  • black wool
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • colorful craft felt
  • felt Halloween die cuts
  • 2 wooden dowels
  • fabric glue
  • yarn or string

Use a large piece of wool as the back panel. Choose a contrasting color to your haunted house.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

The panel will stay straight by adding a wooden dowel to the top and bottom. Measure and cut the dowels to the width of the wool panel. Fold wool over the dowel and pin.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Sew the channel for the dowels shut on the top and bottom of the wool panel. You can use a sewing machine, hand sew or even fabric glue.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Draw a pattern of a haunted house onto a piece of paper. Think about things like doors that open, porches to decorate and windows when coming up with your design.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Also, make sure there is some negative space around the haunted house in the wool panel for things like moons and witches flying by on broomsticks.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Using small scissors or a craft knife, cut out the haunted house's details.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Place the haunted house on the wool panel to make sure everything fits.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Colorful craft felt can be glued behind windows and added as fun decorative accents.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Glue the haunted house to the wool panel using fabric glue. Make sure not to glue any interactive doors or windows shut. Opening and closing is half the fun!

You can either cut out your own small felt shapes to decorate with or buy the readymade versions from the craft store. Die-cut felt shapes are easy to find and you can supplement with items like moons and teal pumpkins that you make yourself.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Attach string across the top from one end of the wooden dowel to the other. This is how the wool and felt board will hang.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Decorative accents like pompom fringe are optional, but add to the festive Halloween spirit.

Keep a small bucket near by full of felt shapes to decorate with and let the interactive fun begin.

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