February 4, 2010
DIY Busy Board
Now that I am a full fledged Nana, I get to make cool things for the cutest kid on earth.
Our latest effort is this control panel, because we all know who's REALLY in control, right?
This was a family project, concocted to celebrate our first grandchild's first birthday.
Our resident teenager donated most of the junque from his odds and ends collection and my husband assisted with the screw guns, glues and all around mechanical expertise. His uncle donated a big old cutting board and I was the mastermind, designer and baby-safety tester.
We had a similar board when we were kids, with colored buttons and toggles that I spent hours playing with.
It makes noise and lights up and has lots of different things going on. The magnifying bubble pops out so they can put pictures of anything in and the TP tube holder is a short length of PVC with jingle bells inside. I put up it on some little slider feet so he can play with it on the floor and push it around if he wants.
I love toys like this because they encourage imaginative play. It can be the rocket ship engine room, the control panel on a sub or a time machine.
He's just one, so for now, it's a busy board, for a very busy little boy.
Happy Birthday, Kiddo!
Posted by gm glimmerglass at 8:47 AM