How to Make a Busy Board? Let’s Create an Incredibly Useful Toy for a Child!
The older the child becomes, the more interesting it is for him to learn the world around him, so the child often climbs into various and sometimes dangerous places for him. Here, an excellent solution would be to create an activity board for a toddler, which would replace almost all the most appealing places in the house and not only for the child. We think that many have already heard about it, or even seen it. So why not have a board like this for your child? Today in the article you would learn how to make your own busy board, what you need for this, and of course, we will show you good ideas for your special board.
Busy Board Ideas
The DIY busy board is of the following types:
- Classic rectangular boards;
- Double or double-sided;
- In the form of a cube or house;
- In the form of a character or other object (fruit, animal, tree, house, car, ship, etc.);
- Soft modules are made of textile materials, but this is a completely different topic.
In the case of classic boards, first, you need to understand whether you are ready to drill the wall and hang the board properly. This is by far the safest and most preferred option. But if the answer is no, then there are two options. The first is to make a board for playing on a horizontal surface. The narrow side shouldn’t be more than 30-40 cm so that the child can reach all the elements without climbing on top of it. The second is to firmly tie the larger board to fixed pieces of furniture.
A feature of the double planks, connected by a partition, forming a hut, is the slope of the plank. When playing while sitting, it is convenient for a child to play with all the elements, because they are facing him instead of on a vertical board.
It follows from the above that sensory board ideas like houses and cubes have a certain disadvantage. Their vertical walls make it somewhat difficult to play with the lower elements. However, there is also an advantage ー stability, and mobility (if you remember to add a carrying handle). There is also potential for the use of interior space.
Irregularly shaped boards tend to be more difficult to fill. The form and theme would impose a number of restrictions. Also, worth noting is their smaller capacity. But, if you want a themed board, this can be a great option. Draw an invented shape on the blank, carefully try on the elements and calculate the required size. Then carefully saw off with a jigsaw along the contour. Sanding would get a lot more complicated, but if the idea is fun, why not!
Easy DIY Sensory Board
Now it’s time to figure out how to make a busy board. There is nothing particularly complicated here, the main thing is to make everything as clear as possible and exclude sharp corners and board elements so that the kid can safely play with it. And first, let’s consider what you may need and enter the busy board DIY kit list:
- Wood for the base. It is optimal to take plywood with a thickness of 12 mm. or furniture board 18 mm. (pine, as the most affordable). They are sold in stores of building and finishing materials. When choosing plywood for a homemade sensory board, be sure to look at the grade, in the worst case, it should be 2/4 grade sanded plywood, ideally of a higher grade.
- Tools and supplies. Minimum set: tape measure, jigsaw, cordless screwdriver or screwdriver, hand screwdriver, pliers, scissors, abrasive materials for grinding. We give preference to skins on a fabric basis, not on paper. The extended toolkit includes a hand sander. Its presence would give more opportunities and speed up the process of creating a children’s sensory board.
- The items you want to see on your board. Go through retail stores and try to find the clasps, hinges, handles, and various tactile elements you need at an affordable price. Here are just a few of the element ideas we used when we first started making boards.
- Fasteners. The length of the self-tapping screws for fastening the elements should be selected taking into account the thickness of the base so that they don’t stick out from the backside. You may also need superglue, metal corners, and various washers. Be prepared to visit the store several times.
- Varnish and colorful materials and brushes. Please refer to commercially available materials. It is worth choosing from acrylic enamels, varnishes, and water-based decorative and protective impregnation. The description must necessarily indicate that the material isn’t toxic and is recommended for use in children’s rooms. Such paints practically don’t smell when applied. The same cannot be said about alkyd enamels, which smell for many weeks after painting.
- Busy board accessories. In addition to paints, you can select sequins, fabrics (regular, felt, other soft fabrics, lace), stripes, stickers, knitted items such as toys. By the way, you can create a special board theme. For example, for a boy, it can be a car or a ship, and for a girl, it can be a beauty salon or a zoo.
Here is a step-by-step guide to the DIY baby busy board:
Sketching a Board
First, you need to decide what shape the future design would have. Plywood with a thickness of at least 10 mm is suitable as a material, which must first be sanded to a state of perfect smoothness, or furniture board. At the stage of creating a sketch, you need to show a little imagination: the board can be made not only in the form of a rectangle or square but also in the form of any geometric shape, as well as in the form of a car, ship, tree or robot.
Preparing the Board and Equipment for Busy Board Items
The board can be finished with two coats of varnish or bright water-based paint. Then, after drying, it is necessary to place all the items without fixing them. If necessary, their location can be corrected. You can think of options with opening doors, for this, cut out a square with a jigsaw, which is subsequently fastened to the hinges.
You can leave the surface of natural color, but the child is much more interested in the board that is brightly colored. Subsequently, it would be easier for the baby to remember the name of the shades, tying them to a certain object. The following items are suitable as filling:
- switches, sockets, and plug for socket;
- zippers, fasteners, Velcro;
- doors with locks;
- hand massagers;
- bike bell;
- jar with a twist-off lid;
- locks, latches, handles;
- tape measures, rollers, fishing reels.
And this isn’t a complete list of content. The main thing when choosing is safety, the child in no case should be injured in the game.
We fasten the elements using a screwdriver and self-tapping screws: After assembly, it is important to check the reliability of the fastening and functionality of each item.
When you have already firmly secured all the details, you can proceed to the design part. Paint the walls bright colors, some parts can also be painted, but make sure that the paint won’t peel off or get into the child’s mouth. Add other decorative elements and allow some time for everything to grab and hold. The board is now ready to use!
Well, now all that remains is to make one of the DIY busy board ideas come true and please your kid with something fun. We recommend that you make a list in advance of what you will attach to the board and arrange everything nicely together. Also, don’t forget to add some vibrant colors to your decor. We are sure that such a simple busy board will become the favorite toy for your child!
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