Toddlers are ALWAYS moving. It’s hard to keep them still.
It’s even harder to plan meaningful activities that will help them grow and learn when time is just so short!
For the last few weeks, Baby V has been extremely interested in opening doors, turning locks, and just generally getting into stuff. I had to find a way to keep him occupied while still keeping him learning.
Then I thought back and remembered: a busy board!
Now you can go search on Pinterest and find a million ideas for busy boards. You’ll find tractor themed ones, gorgeously colored ones, and over the top creative ones.
I’m just going to warn you – if that’s what you are looking for, head over to Pinterest.
My busy board is a simple, at-home DIY that you can make from ANY items.
Got extra hardware lying around the house? What about that tin lip balm jar? Have an empty mint container? Gather it up!
Everything in this busy board is cheap, safe, and fun! There’s no need to agonize over colors, sizes, or price tags here. Just some old-fashioned creative ingenuity.
The best part? This busy board will help your toddler learn how to manipulate items with their whole hands. From twisting and turning to latching and sliding to pressing and pushing, this board has endless possibilities.
Plus, if you are looking to work on a particular skill (like opening bottles), you can always find an item to attach! That’s why I left an open space on mine.
- Door knob/lock set
- Shoe (velcro)
- Lip balm tin
- Combination lock
- Bike light
- Large Cutting board
- Textured items (fuzzy toys, textured balls, etc.)
Want to add something else to this list? Go ahead! You’ll see lots of things I couldn’t use in my picture, but it never hurts to have more than you need. Instead of focusing on fine motor skills, you can also make a texture board with different fabrics and toys.
I’d love to hear what items you found in the comments below.
- Gather up your items.
- Lay everything out on the board
- Glue it down with super glue (I used the Krazy Glue with the brush) or you can also nail it down (I didn’t because I was afraid it would cause the cutting board to crack)
- Let everything dry completely
As with any toy, always inspect the board before using to ensure that nothing has come loose/fallen off.
Here’s what mine looks like: