I love thinking of creative toys for our son. Now that he is a “toddler” and is starting to explore around the house its important to find items that are fun and safe for him to play with. He is really starting to get into sensory play so I was thinking of different sensory boards we could create for him.
I had an extra Ikea Lack table lying around in our basement that we don’t use anymore so I decided to build him a sensory activity table instead of a board. I like the idea of a table more because he is learning to walk currently and this will help with his balance. I find the boards can be unsafe if they are just leaning against the wall and not secured properly.
The Ikea table had lots of old scratches on it so I decided to give it a fresh coat of paint. I decided on chalkboard paint so once he is a little older he can draw on it with chalk if he pleases. I recommend putting on at least two coats of chalkboard paint and letting it dry overnight before attaching any gadgets to the table. I personally love using the Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalkboard Paint as the paint transfers on smoothly with no air bubbles. Here is a link if you are interested in purchasing this brand.
We picked up various locks, hinges and bolts from our local hardware store. I also purchased a Moon Glo light so he can learn to push the light on and off. Grandpa also gave us an extra lock from his old kitchen. Adam is also really into keys right now so I found some old keys to attach too. I found an orange container so I thought I would attach it too as it can be a place for him to put his sippy cup, a snack or become a holder for chalk.
Once you have all your items picked I suggest placing them on the table first and playing around with there layout. If you’re happy with the placement of the objects start attaching them one by one. I decided to attach the Moon Glo light by velcro because this way when the batteries die I can simply take off the back and replace the batteries and then reattach. The velcro was hot glued to the table. Everything else was attached by screws.
The DIY Chalkboard Activity Table was a big hit in our home. Adam loves figuring out the different locks. We hope your little one enjoys it too!