Aden is so hands on now and picking up on almost everything he sees...it's crazy! He's already figured out how to open and take off the kid-proof locks on the kitchen cabinets. His little hands need something to play with...something that looks like it isn't a toy...something that he thinks is off limits but wants to play with anyway...but also something that will help him learn...
So, we made a toddler activity board! It was so simple and cost maybe $25. I bought all of the items at a local hardware store and most of them were on clearance.
He can now pull his own toilet paper off of the roll and HOPEFULLY leave what's actually in the bathroom alone. With five locks, two of his own "boinging" door stoppers, push lights, spinning wheels, and a pipe attached with velcro, there are plenty of things to occupy those little hands.
Seriously, it was so simple! Take a board that is at least 1/2 of an inch thick (so that it will be thick enough to hold the screws needed for assembly), add a small border (to cover the rough edges), paint, and then add whatever items you want. Most of the items come with the screws needed to attach them to the board so the only additional item I needed to find was a hook big enough to fit the combination lock. The lights slide off of the base so that the batteries can be changed and the pipe is also big enough to fit some of his toys (cars, balls, etc.) and act like a shoot. You can go as large or as small as you want and you can pick any combination of items from the hardware store. I honestly just picked what was on sale!
We are going to hang it on the wall in his playroom so that it is at his eye-level. But, as soon as I brought it inside he immediately wanted to play with it and hasn't stopped yet...
I will say the push lights are a HUGE hit with him!
I'd love to hear if you've made any activity boards for your children!