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!

28 comments:

Jen said...

This is simply awesome! I bet your grand child will love playing with this!!

Amy said...

That is so awesome! How creative you are! I am so following your blog.

Emilee said...

I love this! My little man will be one soon and I'm thinking about making one. Can you tell me what the light is?

gm glimmerglass said...

Hi Emilee - The light is a battery powered button dome light from the dollar store. (Might also check Harbor Freight) We made a hole in the board with a hole saw - the kind for doorknobs - and recessed it and then I adhered an old red rubber canning jar ring around the light. The light is very hard to get out this way, so there is no access for little guys, but you can still change the battery if needed.

LauraLowe said...

Hi - what are the three silver things to the left of the light? Thanks!

gm glimmerglass said...

Hi Laura,
The silver things are ball bearings recessed in metal casings.
Totally clueless as to their real function...but I bet the guys at Ace Hardware know!

Unknown said...

Oh my word! I LOVE this!! You should sell these on ESTY! I would buy one; my son is turning one in May :) What a wonderful Nana and a lucky little grandson! Such a special gift!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Just a question, in case I attempt to make one of these, what is the red rectangular piece to the left of the bell and the three circular pieces to the right?
What are their functions! Thanks again :)

Unknown said...

Typo...the site is ETSY.com :)

gm glimmerglass said...

The red rectangular piece is a metal party noise maker glued on upside down. When the yellow plastic handle is twisted it makes a big echoing tin noise.

The three round elements are 1" bicycle reflectors that have been screwed down through a hole in the middle. They are topped with white screw head covers that have been pmelted on to the screws for safety.

LeeanneA said...

I LOVE THIS!!! wonderful idea and great selection of objects ont he board - this is a must make!

Coquitlam Mommy Page said...

We just shared this on our CoquitlamMommy.ca Facebook page and our readers loved it! Fantastic idea for toddlers and kids. Thanks for sharing!!!

Lucas said...

Do you mind giving any more detail regarding the toilet paper roll assembly? I would like to know how it is put together, with the bells kept secure and how you striped it.

Lucas said...

Check out our pre-made BusyBoards! https://www.etsy.com/listing/108628936/deluxe-toddler-busy-board

Lucas said...

Check out our pre-made BusyBoards! https://www.etsy.com/listing/108628936/deluxe-toddler-busy-board

gm glimmerglass said...

Hi Lucas -

Your busy board looks fun!

I didn't see your earlier post with question about toilet paper tube assemble. It is just a tp holder from the hardware store with a piece of cut and sanded pvc pipe that I striped with red tape.

Good luck on your Etsy shop. :-)

Melanie Lynn said...

How did you get the lightswitch on? I bought one and I can't figure out how to disassemble is to make it lie flat...

gm glimmerglass said...

Hi Melanie, The light switch does nothing but toggle back and forth. The light is a push light. You press on the wholelastic lens to make the light turn on. It pulls out and has a battery encased in it's back. I got the light a the dollar store. Hope this helps. GM

MelodyRose811 said...

I was wondering about the light switch as well. I know it doesn't make a light come on. But how did you get the light switch to lie flat on the board? I don't know how to take the switch apart so it doesn't have the attachment for wires. You know what I mean? Thanks!

Abbie said...

I am also curios about the light switch like Melodyrose. Also what is the bottom left silver circular thing and the gold circular thing above it? I just love this- thank you so much for sharing!

Abbie said...

CURIOUS I mean. :) Sorry.

Jeannie and Eldy said...

This is fantastic! And I agree, you should sell them on Etsy! Thank you so much for being willing to share the details of how you made things safe and the details for each thing....bless you!

KittyKat said...

Where did you get the wheel with handle? What is the size of your board?

Can't wait to make one for my baby girl!

KittyKat said...

This is fantastic! So professional looking!

Where did you get the wheel with handle? What is the size of your board?

Can't wait to make one for my baby girl!

mandy foster said...

hi there. love this board....where did you find the wheel with knob? did you put the jingle bells inside the TP holder's middle that goes inside the PVC tube?

mandy foster said...

hi there. love this board....where did you find the wheel with knob? did you put the jingle bells inside the TP holder's middle that goes inside the PVC tube?

Lucas said...

Ready made Busy Boards in time for the holidays!

Lucas said...

Ready made Busy Boards in time for the holidays!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BusyBoardsPlus?ref=si_shop

Lucas said...

Ready made Busy Boards in time for the holidays!