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Busy Boards and Activity Boards for Kids

What do you all think about busy boards? While I understand the appeal to a kid, part of me wonders how smart it is to teach a curious tot how to master locks and latches of all sorts. Ha! So with that in mind—and a use at your own risk warning because your child might start masterminding all your cabinet baby locks and baby gates—let’s take a closer look at some of these nifty busy boards.

This is definitely something you can DIY on your own with a visit to the hardware store, always keeping your kiddo’s safety in mind, of course. The price will depend mainly on how many items you choose to include and how fancy the finishes are. If you are not the DIY type, you can shop Etsy for loads of different options. Be sure to check their age recommendations, but obviously this is the kind of toy that has to be highly supervised!

Polar Bear Busy Board by JuicyBoard

Hedgehog Busy Board by JuicyBoard

Busy Board by BusyBoardHappyHome

We also found this version on Amazon.

Busy Board Activity Board

Melissa & Doug also makes this Locks & Latches puzzle that will let your little one in on the “lockbreaking” action at a more affordable price.

Locks & Latches Puzzle

And, of course, there is the activity cube option as well!

B. Zany Zoo

What do you think? Would you get or make a busy board for your kiddo?

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