Simple DIY Busy Boards Toddlers Will Love

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If you’re raising little ones, you know keeping them busy is a challenge. Growing babes and toddlers love touching, opening and closing items and if you’d rather it wasn’t your kitchen cabinets, you need a busy board! From latches and locks, to knobs and noise makers, a DIY activity board can be a great way to not only keep little fidgeters happy, but increase sensory processing, hand eye coordination and concentration. Keep scrolling to see some at-home toddler busy board ideas your littles will love.

Rustic & Modern

Not all baby toys are in loud and bright colors! This folding busy board is made using neutral paint colors and black and iron hardware. Not only will this keep baby entertained, it won't clash with your adult decor. Find all the details at Table & Hearth.

No Power Tools Required

You don't have to be a handyman to give your kiddos a gorgeous busy board. This sensory toy is made with white and gold hardware and a little elbow grease. We love the careful color choices that not only make this toy look professional, but pleasing to the little eye. Check out Something Turquoise for the full tutorial.

Handy & Homemade

We love using materials already on hand! This simple sensory board uses lots of commercial grade velcro to attach lots of fun fidgeters, like handles, bells, rope, lights and even old toys. Check out Hands On As We Grow for the full how-to.


If you find that you've got a bunch of old baby wipe containers, this is for you. Grab all the tops, a foam board and some touchy-feely objects like old flooring samples, blankets or other fabric and you've got a DIY sensory board in a jiffy! Get all the details at Motherhood & Other Adventures.

Little Latch Board

The perfect size for a smaller space, this board is all about flipping and latching! Made for about $35 from a quick hardware store run, the carabiners, hinges and locks will keep little fidgeters busy. Find all the instructions over at Young House Love.


––Karly Wood



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