Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Control Panel Busy Board

I made this for my son's first birthday. It was a huge WOW among 1-year-old, 2-year-old, and - to my surprise - a 10-year-old. A success, really.

Busy board for a baby

Before making, I did a research on this subject. Among tens of similar projects, I found a  board by gmglimmerglass most inspiring. I loved the idea that this board can be not only a fine-motor-developing toy for toddler, but a cool entertainment for older kid. It can act as space ship control panel, crazy scientists machine, submarine intercom, etcetera, etcetera.

First I bought all supplies at hardware store. You just walk around and grab anything you like. I got some wheels of different sizes, since my baby loves wheels; window handle; door stopper; piece of tube to drop things through it; and some more stuff.
I had a white board of suitable size, but after fitting all the details, i thought it will be right to color-block it, to divide different areas and make it look more neat. I did it with some painters tape and acrylic paint.

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Then I added my details.

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I had small handles, so I carved little doors out of plywood, and painted them.

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And attached doors to main board.

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Last step: adding little things. I tied a piece of sturdy rope to rings, so it can be pulled and yanked. I sticked a pair of googly eyes behind one of the doors, and a pocket for changeable picture - behind other. A small safe mirror will do fine too.

This board makes a greatest birthday present, Emir enjoys it so much

Emir loves his board. Most of all - the door stopper, it is a huge hit. Boiiing! Boiiing! :)

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If you make this board long enough, two or three kids can share it without fighting.

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