DIY Busy Board for Toddlers

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:


* Doorstops

* Doorchain

* Velcro

* Handles

* Switches

* Lock

* Keys

* Wheels

* Rope

* Letters

* Felt

* Spinner

* Bell

* Clothespin

* Beads

* Valve

* 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!


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