I didn’t take as many photos of this as I should have, but it kind of came together in fits and starts when I could work on it and I may have forgotten my camera a few times. In any case, this is a great gift for the toddlers in your life, and it’s very simple to make: grab a board, paint it up, add bits of hardware and you’re set. It’s all the stuff that small children are fascinated with around the house in one convenient spot where they can play with it safely.
So I started with a wide pine board, which I cut in half. I made one for Rosa and one for Gen. Zod for Christmas.
Drilled screw holes at all the corners so it could be mounted on the wall for added security.
I later put felt at the corners as well so it could also lay flat on the floor without damaging anything.
Sanded and spray painted it.
Added stripes to make it look like a construction sign.
They didn’t come out perfectly, but if you’ve ever seen the types of signs the construction workers make around here this is a freaking masterpiece in comparison.
Then I gathered an assortment of hardware: slide bolt (also known as a barrel bolt), casters from my old computer desk, a padlock, spring door bumper (the kind that makes farty noises when you twang it), a hinge from a door and a security chain. I discovered that if you screw one side of a hinge too tightly to its surface the hinge won’t turn (or won’t be moveable by a toddler in any case), so make sure to adjust that accordingly if you use one.
Then I just painted around them with some craft paint for visual interest and added a little caution sign at the top. Now it’s a toddler trap, because they can’t stay away!
13 thoughts on “Busy Board”
This is GREAT! I wish my kids were still little ones because they would have been all over your activity board. I’m saving this idea for the grandkids!
Thanks! The kids are all over them!
Thats so cool 🙂
What a wonderful idea, and your painting is perfect. I’m sure there will be many hours of enjoyment with this board.. Bravo!
Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~
Thanks Laura! The kids love them!
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Now I kinda want to make some!
Go for it – they’re super easy!
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Alison I enjoy all of your posts and have in fact tried some of your recipes and art projects but you have outdone yourself with this Busy Board. I will most certainly put my own twist on your idea so I can have an outdoor busy board when my grandchildren come over. Thanks so much for doing what you do!
Lynne Lynne Grandmaitre
Aww, thanks (former)Bosslady! It’s super easy and they seem to love it. I only wish it had been my idea – I found it on Pinterest …
Very clever! And easily recycled again when the little one has outgrown it 🙂
You legend! I am making this tomorrow.
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