That's why I thought making him a sensory board would be fun since it would be all his favorite things in one place.
I looked up a couple different options on Pinterest:
Chris and I headed off to Home Depot (aka. Brooks' second home) and picked up a bunch of random movable, tactile, and safe objects to put on our board.
What made our cut? (starting at the top left) A latch lock, carpet square sample, astroturf sample, faux-fur (from Michaels), sandpaper, (second row) mirror (Michaels), hook latch, hinged lock, doorstop, bell (Office Depot), furniture wheel, (third row) chain lock, hitching ring, plastic chain, ribbon (via our junk drawer?), metal chain, velcro tie (another weird thing we found in our junk drawer), (bottom row) there will be a bungee cord with different attachments.
As for the board, we couldnt find anything already pre-made to the size and shape we wanted (we debated getting some builder's grade ply-board but didnt like the cheapy feel of it) and end up finding this at Lowe's.
After that, it was as easy as using Liquid Nails to glue everything down or screw the big ones into place.
Fun side note: Did you know that can use extra pieces of unused carpet square samples as a drink coasters for your margarita while you do this project? Because you totally can.
|Chris even spoiled me with a drunk pineapple in my drink... yea, things get pretty crazy over here after bedtime|
In the morning, we showed it to Brooks, really not knowing what to expect... would he get it? Would he be entertained for 15 seconds then go and find a half eaten dog toy to play with? After all our hard work, we sat him down in front of the board and awaited his reaction.
Happy Little Boy!
Its also not too heavy so its easy to tuck away behind a couch or in a corner when he's not using it.
All in all, he loves it, and so do we. Honestly, we made this about 3 weeks ago and it is still is favorite go-to thing to play with!
In the end, it probably cost us around $75 with all the gadgets, knick-knacks, and stainable solid board. I know that's REALLY pricey for a kids toy, but something about the satisfaction of making something for your kid yourself that is contributing to his development and fine motor skills made it an OK purchase for us. (Plus I'm sure it would have been a lot cheaper if we just would have gone with more stuff in our junk drawer).
So there you have it! What do you think! I think the Montessori movement is pretty cool and I much rather have our little guy sit in front of his thing instead of a TV screen. Has anyone tried anything similar? Or maybe you would have added something different to your board! I would love your feedback! Thanks!