A few months ago I made our second (of 3 so far) activity board. I had seen this video on Facebook by mamiblock. I really like these activity boards so I decided to try my hand at one.
Video is by mamiblock on YouTube.
I don’t have a lot of items I can use for activity boards so i just grabbed some things I had around the house. Pom Poms and Pie Cleaners, I have. Glue? I have that too. I had some extra fabric from another project so I grabbed a swatch of that for some texture play.
Items I used:
- Poster Board – cut into forths
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pom Pom Balls
- Christmas Bells
- A few beads
- Hot Glue
- Hote Glue Gun
- Box Knife
My girl loves helping me make things so I let her play with the cardboard while I cut out a rectangle and a heard from the poster board. She stole a few pipe cleaners and pom poms to play with too.
Once I had the holes cut, I cut down some cardboard to fit behind them. One hole has pipe cleaners in the back with cardbaord covering them. The other hole has the cardboard directly against the hole.
Once the back was glued together, I flipped the board over. I glued a bunch of the larger pom poms to the heart shape. The size differences makes the texture fun so they were just placed randomly.
The pipe cleaners were already in place since I glued them down before I glued on the cardboard back but I didn’t like the unfinshed edge. To hid the edge, I lined the opening with a few pipe cleaners. I’m not sure I like it but the edge is at least hiden.
It looked pretty plain so I added the swatch of fabric to the top and grabbed a few bells from my studio. Glued both onto the board in different places. The bells hang and make a chiming sound since they’re loose.
You can see the activity board in the background. She decided to grab the bag of pom poms off the coffee table and proceeded to dump them everywhere! We turned it into a game though. I put the pom poms back into the bag and she dumped them. We played the game a few times then she helped put them back into the bag.
This board wasn’t a huge hit. She plays with it some. She prefers to play witht he back of the pipe cleaners and the bells more than the front textures. This board would be great for a baby around 6 months. Little miss loved textures when she was that age. Now she prefers to figure out how things work, cause and effect.