Havyk is a busy two-and-a-half-year-old. “He’s constantly moving,” explains his dad Justyn. Flipping switches, turning things on and off, opening and closing doors, twisting handles, spinning wheels – anything to keep his hands occupied.
So, his dad researched ideas on Pinterest and made a busy board – a four-foot-tall piece of smooth medium-density fiberboard with all kinds of buttons, latches, doorstops, wheels and locks screwed on to it. These are everyday items found around the house or at the local hardware or dollar store. More busy board ideas are HERE.
Some of the activities are more challenging for Havyk, so he can make his own choices by their level of difficulty. By placing his hand under Havyk’s and guiding him, Justyn can show him how to open a more difficult latch or remind him to use his right hand instead of his left. Playing together with the board – with dad imitating Havyk’s noises or narrating what Havyk is doing —helps Havyk build language skills.
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