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Child playing with busy board
Oooh, what does this do?

How to Create a Busy Board

A busy board like this one helps toddlers to develop their fine motor skills as they delight in discovering how things work. It is an enjoyable project to work on and they make great gifts. All you need is a selection of interesting hardware and something to mount them on. A pine wood chopping board is ideal.

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
  • Hinge
  • Case fastener
  • Castor wheel

A selection of latches

Gather your supplies.

Chopping board

A pine wood chopping board is ideal for mounting all the items on. We found bamboo difficult to screw into without pre-drilling.

Screwing latch onto board

Plan where you are going to place each item and then screw them in firmly.

Child playing with busy board

Adult supervision is recommended for very young children.