Busy boards allow young children to explore otherwise "adult" items in a safe manner. Many of these busy boards contain items you find around your home such as locks, keys, and latches. Other types of busy boards include: Magnet Boards, Ball Runs, and Velcro boards. Your board can be made from existing toys such as puzzles, or busy boxes. Although many of the activities are mounted to the wall, they can also be made to use on the floor, or mounted to a table as well..
Below you will find some fabulous examples of DIY Busy boards that have been shared in our on-line community.
Jo-Ann G. mounted these adorable interactive puzzles to the wall in her space.
Jo-Ann also found this fun collection of interactive toys that she was able to
mount to the wall as well.
Jess T. of Little Bears Family Child Care mounted her DIY Busy Board Outside. She filled it with latches, and switches, and locks. All kinds of items you could find at your local hardware store (or laying around your garage).
Steph H. has a whole wall dedicated to Busy Board activities. Many of them were from a disassembled puzzle cube. She has also added interactive puzzles, and a pull up bar.
Looking for something on a smaller scale? Amanda F, of Everyone Fitz In Family Daycare created this portable busy board option. She has added a variety of knobs, switches and items from around the home.
Tina W. of Tiny Tots Daycare created this Space Themed Busy Board!
No wall space? No problem! Lynn G. of Miss Lynn's Educational Playzone added a busy board play area to the back of these cabinets!
Chris C. created this DIY busy board for her space, complete with a "Mini Ball Run".
Jen H. of Stepping Stones Pre-K Academy has a bright and inviting wall mounted busy board space! In addition to a traditional style busy board, she also added an area for blocks, and a geoboard!
Heidi S. of Heidi Slater's Home Childcare found a fun collection of wall mounted toys and puzzles and also included a ball drop in her busy board area!
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