Of my two children, Miss. B is definitely my fine motor baby. While R is busy trying to climb on top of the kitchen table, or scale the window sills, B could spend hours playing with the snaps on her booster seat. No kidding. She will do all the snaps, and then quietly say “please” until I undo them for her. We can repeat this process over and over. She never tires. I thought is was a little sad that my daughter spent so much time playing with a booster seat on the floor, that I decided to make her a toddler “busy board.”
I made a trip to JoAnn Fabrics, where I purchased a 12″x12″ wooden craft board, some purple ribbon, and various notions – snaps, buttons, Velcro, and a zipper. I laid everything out on the board, and hot-glued everything down. The ends of the ribbon got hot glued to the back of the craft board. Pretty simple.
Overall, I think Miss. B. seemed pretty impressed with her new activity. She got the snaps right away. I think the zipper and buttons will take some time – as she gets stronger. She seemed pretty fascinated with the sound and texture of the Velcro as well. I think I’ll have to do more activities with Velcro for the kiddos.
All-in-all, I think these busy boards are just a great fine motor activity for the little ones. This is definitely something I will pull out when I want to spend one-on-one time with either kiddo.