How to build busy boards 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 they range from children anywhere between the age of 6 months old to three years old.

Benefits to getting your toddler engaging with busy boards

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. Similiarly, activity cubes for toddlers also have the same effect.

Likewise, if you’ve gone to antenatal classes, you’ll know that creating treasure baskets for your child is important to help encourage sensory play. In short, these baskets are filled with items like wooden spoons, metal colanders or foil sensory blankets. These are so that your baby can experience different textures.

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.

Video: How to create your own DIY toddler busy boards

Here are 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

However, if you haven't got the time or resources to make your own DIY busy board for your toddler, here are a list of the best busy boards that you can buy.

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