Attach a selection of latches, hinges, chains and switches. Avoid sharp or removeable objects. As your child gets older you can change the items to suit your child’s ability and strength.
Busy boards are not just for kids - they are great therapy for adults such as those recovering from a stroke or experiencing dementia.
Items on our board
- Slide latch
- Door chain
- Door stop
- Drain filter
- Light switch
- Case fastener
- Castor wheel
Gather your supplies.
A pine wood chopping board is ideal for mounting all the items on. We found bamboo difficult to screw into without pre-drilling.
Plan where you are going to place each item and then screw them in firmly.
Adult supervision is recommended for very young children.
10 activities that develop fine motor skills
Simple ways to improve coordination and dexterity.
- Putting coins in a piggy bank
- Modelling with play-dough
- Using a hole punch
- Picking up small items with kitchen tongs
- Threading pasta on a string
- Attaching paper clips to card
- Stacking blocks
- Pegging small items on a clothes horse
- Cutting out and glueing pictures from catalogues
- Completing jigsaw puzzles