How to build a busy board for your toddler

by Maria Martin |

Whether you have a busy 10-month-old who’s on the move, a one-year-old who’s just started walking or a two-year-old fully exploring every crevice of your house, toddler busy boards are a great way to help your child learn through play.

Toddler busy boards incorporate bits and bobs you have lying around the house into one place, ensuring your little one is playing safely and touching household items they think they aren’t allowed to touch. Saves them grabbing for that remote or shoe lying around again, right?

These children's boards are also known as sensory boards, fidget boards, activity boards or as Montessori educational toys, and range for children anywhere between the age of six months to three years old.

Video: How to create your own toddler busy board

To get you started, we’ve got 12 everyday items you can add to a board to create your own today:

  • Old toys

  • Whisk

  • Drawer handles

  • Bells and rope

  • Wooden letters of their name

  • Velcro

  • Zips

  • Ribbons

  • Locks

  • Light switches

  • Old clothes

  • Large beads

Benefits to getting your toddler engaging with a busy board

Toddler busy boards are motor skill activity centers which encourage babies and young toddlers to learn through play with items like zips, handles, wheels, string, latches and much more.

Developing your baby’s gross motor skills is really important and from the moment they hit six to seven months old you may be starting to think about how you can help encourage your child to sit up, crawl and even walk.

Baby busy boards are an extension of treasure baskets

If you’ve gone to antenatal classes, you’ll know that creating treasure baskets for your child is important to help encourage sensory play. Midwives and health visitors can give you lots of advice on where to start, but essentially they are baskets filled with wooden spoons, metal colanders, foil sensory blankets and much more so even when your baby isn’t on the move, they can reach out and start playing with different textures and items.

And if you simply don’t have time to make a busy board for your tot, here are some you can buy:

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