Best Busy Boards on Etsy
To start, you might be wondering what a Busy Board actually is. How might my toddler benefit from it? And, where can I find one? A busy board is the perfect toy for a busy toddler. It is essentially a board that has a myriad of latches, locks, knobs and doors on it and the idea is to keep your toddler busy with the discovery of each feature. A huge benefit of busy boards is allowing your child to explore independently. With a busy board, your child is able to perfect their fine motor skills while gaining real life experience and expertise in unlocking, opening, exploring with music and more. There really is no limit to what a busy board can teach a child. Some are colorful, allowing for opportunities to practice color recognition. Some come with like-parts intended for sorting or pattern making. The wonderful thing about busy boards is that there are a million ways to entertain your child with them. Because the options are endless, it can be quite a daunting task when you set out to actually purchase (or make) one. Luckily for you, we have scoured the internet and found the best of the BEST busy boards on Etsy in this all-encompassing list.
Manufactory1 is probably our favorite busy board maker of all time. It is clear that the design aesthetic of each board is crafted on an individual basis making these boards not only educational, but truly beautiful workd of art. The materials used to make these busy boards are of the highest quality. I have to stress that truly, no detail is overlooked when you order your custom busy board from manufactory1. They create custom hide-and-seek doors featuring your child’s favorite character on the other side of the door. Latches enclosing compatrments are wonderful for your child’s early motor skill development. These boards do not feature any painted bits but rather they burn numbers, graphics and letters into each wooden block - again, customizable to your heart’s content (numbers, letters, words like the child’s name, shapes, weather conditions, plants. You get the idea). We particularly like the unique tools attached to each board. Some boards actually have an electrical switch that turns on a light. Others feature retro rotary dials (the kind you might find on your grandmother’s house telephone). All in all, you will be receiving the absolute highest quality and most beautifully designed busy board if you order from Manufactory1.
We particularly love the busy boards at Mortimers Busy Boards on Etsy because of their vibrant and playful aesthetic. Each board is custom made and has the option of adding your child’s name in removable velcro letters, which is a feature that we love because it helps young children quickly learn to identify the letters in their name and begin spelling. These boards are made to order and include materials such as bottle caps, wheels, latches, locks, bells, zippers, door knockers, tambourines, mirrors and measuring spoons.
Little Bens Board is our final favorite Etsy store that creates busy boards for your child’s motor skill development. These boards are beautiful, made with all new materials and our personal favorite is the Beta 2 design. This design sparks intellect and imagination for your child in so many different areas. In addition to the usual features of a busy board such as a hook and loop fastener, a door chain and a wheel to spin, these busy boards offer especially unique pieces. One of our favorite features of Litte Ben’s Boards is the key hole and key. They have attached a key to the board using woven cord. The concept of placing a key in a key hole is such a necessary skill and is truly a basic exercise that will have your child focused and entertained while building his or her pincer grip. The automatic tape measure is another favorite feature because it works automatically, retracting upon being drawn. Your child will have so much fun discovering the numbers along the tape measure and eventually learning to measure items in units. My final favorite unique feature of Little Bens Boards is the wooden movable lacing boot. The boot is hinged to the board and laced using an actual shoelace allowing your child to swing the boot out and lace the shoe as though they are lacing and tying their own shoe. This is such a wonderful practice and will allow your child to feel a sense of accomplishment being able to care for themselves when it comes to getting ready for the day.
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