Step 1: Purchase or locate a piece of plywood. I used what we had on hand, and it was not the smoothest piece. If you were to purchase a piece, look for one without many blemishes. This one was 27"x24"
Handmade Activity Board for Kids
In this post I show you how to make a custom activity center or sensory board for your toddler. These make great gifts and are really pretty simple to make. We made this one with a lot of things we had on hand. However, you could make it any way you like.
Step 2: Paint or stain your plywood. I would only suggest staining a higher quality piece of plywood.
Step 3: If you would like stripes like mine. Use 2" blue painters tape and 1" blue painters tape spaced evenly. My stripes were .5" apart and there are 7" between the groups of stripes.
Step 4: Paint white paint over the blue. Spray paint seems to work better, but I did not have any on hand. Pull the tape off while the paint is still wet, this helps to prevent bleeding under the tape. Since my plywood was a little rough, my stripes are not perfect.
Step 5: Once the paint is dry, start assembling your board. The sky is the limit with what you put on here. My littlest son loves opening and closing doors, so we incorporated two doors that have pictures behind them. He also enjoys flipping light switches, so we put a light switch on there. Casters are fun to spin, so we included one of those. Locks and hinges are on there too. There is also a battery operated flick light that he can turn on and off. On the bottom we added a piece of galvanized sheet metal and some magnets. A timer is at the top. I also think a little mirror would be fun.
Many of these items we had on hand. For the doors we used more plywood that I covered with contact paper. My doors are 7"x 7". The glass knobs were on hand. I did purchase the sheet of metal and that was around $6. The flick light was around $3 and a couple of the locks were around $2 a piece. We also bought a package of screws that were shorter so that they didn't poke through the back.
This would be best hung low on a wall so that it is secure. I hope this tutorial inspires you to make your own activity or sensory board for your toddler or for a gift! For more handmade kids gift ideas, I have a post on my blog at The Everyday Farmhouse.
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