Updated: Apr 12, 2021
Going through toddlerhood for the second time, I recognized that less is more, toys are not entirely necessary, and that these toddlers love to tinker! So I came up with the idea of a homemade for Samuel’s first birthday: a Busy Board. He simply loved it and it is keeping him busy.
Excellent for sensory and fine motor development, busy boards are one of the best toys for 1 year olds learning to push, pull and prise open anything in sight.
While there are many options available to purchase, creating our own was such a special experience.
As long as it’s something safe and not sharp, you can pretty much use anything.
Here are some of the items we used for Samuel’s board:
* Plywood board 25”x25”
* power drill + screwdriver + an assortment of screws
All items were bought at Home Depot Canada, except for those I found at home.
SAFETY: Everything must be safe to touch and operate, without sharp edges or moving parts that can pinch the skin.
I’d love to hear any other DIY suggestions to keep a toddler busy mama!