J has started to really transition into a toddler in the way he thinks and is learning so many new concepts daily. He is extremely interactive, as well as constantly challenging himself to learn new things. It seems as if he sets little goals for himself, especially when it comes to discovering how something works. For example, we started tying string on the TV cabinet to keep J out of it, and he has learned to overcome any knot we’ve concocted! It is a game for him more than anything, and he loves the chance to try untying new knots.
Because of this transition to higher cognitive development, I have wanted to find a few new toys that will capture his attention and encourage his problem-solving skills and independence. I found this activity board on Etsy and fell in love. Mr. Pen and I decided it would be a fun project to complete, while providing J with a stimulating toy.
This project can be inexpensive depending on the type of hardware you wish to include. We mostly chose cheaper hardware, but did find a few items that we wanted to include despite the price.
Wood – we opted for a pre-cut circle and sanded it ourselves. Tip: make sure the slab of wood you choose is thick enough so that the screws for the hardware won’t poke through the bottom.
Various assorted hardware such as locks, buckles, handles, wheels, etc.
Drill and screws
Step 1. If needed, sand and finish your wood.
Step 2. Determine placement of hardware and mark the screw spots with a pencil
Step 3. Pre-drill screw spots
Step 4. Screw all of the hardware into place
It was so easy and only took one nap-time to complete! It’s a great challenge for J and I think he’ll enjoy it more when he’s a little older; at 19 months it is still just a little advanced for him. My 8-year-old sister however, loves it! I love the idea that this activity board may span the attention of several years.
After purchasing the wood and hardware, it came to about $35 for the project.