How to make a busy board ?
This activity panel will allow baby to exercise his dexterity. You can personalize it with the items you already have at home!
A lock to open and close, wooden rings to slide and even a switch to press… This activity panel, or busy board in English, has everything to captivate your child!
How to make a busy board?
Tools and materials for this sensory panel
- 2 plywood boards 10 mm thick, size 50 x 50 cm.
- 1 piece of brass chain (16 cm minimum)
- 1 leather furniture handle
- Paint tester pots of different colors
- 1 jigsaw
- 1 pencil and 1 meter
- 1 screwdriver drill
- 1 cutting pliers
- 1 glue gun
- 1 kitchen cabinet handle
- 2 hinges
- wooden curtain rings
- 1 door opener
- 1 small lock
- 1 plate to hook 1 carabiner
- 1 switch
- 1 zipper
- 50 cm of cotton cord or a lace.
- Or any other accessory you have at home.
Stages of realization of this awakening table
1 – Draw curves on each of the corners of the two boards. You can do this freehand, or use a round object, like a plate or a bowl.
2 – Firmly secure the boards to a table using clamps. Then cut out the angles using a jigsaw. Carefully sand the curves and edges of the board.
3 – Place the various accessories that you wish to install on your learning board, ensuring that the layout is harmonious. Gradually draw the outlines of the accessories with a pencil. This will allow you to erase and start over if you want to move them. Add a rectangle in the height for the rope.
4 – Once the layout of the accessories has been decided, take a photo to memorize their location, then remove them from the board. Now redraw the pencil outlines neatly. Then paint them.
5 – Once the paint is dry, put the accessories back on the board. Draw markers to help you fix them precisely.
6 – It is now necessary to fix the accessories. Use the method that seems most suitable to you. For some small screws, for others glue… While ensuring that your child cannot pull them out and injure himself.
7 – In the rectangle drawn for the rope, draw marks at equal distance on two rows, then drill.
8 – Pass a piece of rope through the holes. Then tie a knot on the front side.
9 – On the top edge of the board, make two marks 10 cm from the edges.
10 – Screw the hinges on one of the boards, then on the other.
11 – Cut the brass chain. It must measure at least 16 cm to allow a large enough opening of the boards and thus ensure the stability of the activity board.
12 – Screw the chain at least 25 cm from the top of the boards.
13 – All that remains is to screw the handle onto the top edges of the activity board. You can screw one end to one board, and the other to the other board for a better grip.
14 – Your awakening board is finished, all you have to do is have it tested by your child.
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