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Busy Board for a Busy {birthday} Boy!

**UPDATE 7/21/15** Two and a half years later, this post has been pinned exactly 228,908 times! Thank you all for your interest and support. We have since added another busy baby (girl) to the mix and traveled to God’s country, Texas, and the busy board is happy in its new home and still going strong with my own kids as well as their friends.**

Today was our son Weston’s first birthday. I could gush and tell you all the typical mom speak that seems to spill out of the mouth of a proud mama but this post would be entirely too long and there are enough pictures I wanted to show you so I’ll spare you. Just know I love my son’s guts and I am so blessed to be his mommy.

If “idle hands are the devil’s playground” my son is ANGELIC. He is a boy in the utmost and he is always getting into stuff, so why not give him an outlet for all that investigative energy. I’ve seen some busy boards on Pinterest and from some Googling but the idea to do this was all my hubby. When you have 2 young kids already, there’s not really a need for toys. I try to buy clothes for the kids (on sale of course) 6 months – a year before hand to save money. So what do you get for a little boy who doesn’t need clothes or toys and who had his first Christmas just 2 weeks ago. A busy board!

caution

I wanted it to be eye catching and more interesting than just bare wood. Black and yellow stripes seemed to do the trick. I used the wax paper image transfer technique from Unexpected Elegance to get my message across the top and then I just used a black Sharpie to fill in the letters and achieve the sharp message of : “Caution: Boy At Play”.

busy board

Between a trip to Lowes and going through random stuff we had around the house, we were able to pull together all the items you see here to keep those little hands busy, if even for a few minutes! Between everything we probably spent about $50 which pains me a bit to say, but I guarantee that between all 3 of my kiddos we’ll get our money’s worth.

top

This little thing came from a swag bag my husband picked up at a scuba diving convention. When you push the little button, a small LED light shines. To attach it to the board I just relied on my tube of trusty E-6000 glue (Love that stuff. It works so well and it’s super cheap. Less than $3 at Walmart). I just swapped out the message under the plastic and using my Silhouette machine, (squeeel! I’m still so excited I have one finally!!!!) I printed and then cut a piece of card stock to the exact dimensions including the rounded corners. It made me smile…

light

This latch was seriously my favorite. To be honest, I don’t know what it’s called, but the range of motion that the handle goes through in order to lock is what makes it a perfect addition to the board ‘o business.

latch

Because we countersunk the light switches, that meant that they were sticking out of the back by about  ½”, so to fix that problem, we took some spare pieces of 1×2 screwed into the back of the board and then through the board into the wall. We kinda liked the way the hardware added to the look.

hardware

I added a hidden message with some good old thumb tacks underneath one of the hinged boards.

hidden message

 My perspective.

mom's perspective

Weston’s perspective (exaggerated just a bit).

boys perspective

The Hubbs and I “installed” the board during nap time and this was little man’s first introduction to it….yes, we took a million pictures (only in Florida can the baby take a nap in January in nothing but a diaper).

into to present
open

message

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door stopper love

The door stopper was a last minute addition to the busy board plans and it has proven to be worth it’s weight in FUN. Like every baby I’ve ever known, the door stopper or the “boy-yoy-yoing thing” like we call it, is his favorite thing on the whole board!

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Born just 1 day after my own birthday, there’s no one cuter who I’d let steal all MY birthday thunder than this guy. He is my {son}shine and snuggle buddy and I can’t imagine life without him. Happy 1st Birthday Weston!

Michelle

117 Comments

  • Toni

    10.01.2013 at 07:19 Reply

    Perfect 1st birthday gift!! Love the idea and execution. Weston seems to approve as well.

  • Trish

    10.01.2013 at 15:27 Reply

    I love this idea and the little guy it was made for! Great job, Michelle!

  • Adora

    10.01.2013 at 16:00 Reply

    Brilliant Idea! I love how masculine it is, this is going to really develop those fine motor skills…

  • Wrighty

    24.01.2013 at 20:32 Reply

    Happy bday to you both! Weston is adorable! I saw the photo for your project on Pinterest and love it!! As the mom to 3 young men I know how much kids enjoy this kind of thing. Now I have 2 grandchildren, Aly will be 5 soon and Lukey just turned 1. Since my hubby works at a heating/plumbing/lumber store I think we could easily come up with our own version. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m sure your kids treasure their amazing busy board! :)

  • ~Dana

    28.01.2013 at 22:45 Reply

    OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, I saw it on Brisbane Kids. I so want to buy one from you as I so d0n’t have the skills to make it myself!

    • Chris

      05.02.2013 at 14:34 Reply

      Dana, Mr. MillionAyres here. It’s about 50 x 60cm and weighs probably around 8-9kg. If we were to make one just like it, we would probably sell them for $100. I know it’s a lot, but the material cost is around $65 alone, plus time to make it. Shipping from Florida to Brisbane would probably cost quite a bit as well! Around $250! Might be better to find someone crafty nearby who can help you make one :)

  • Carrie Roberts

    29.01.2013 at 20:23 Reply

    What an adorable idea! Your son seems to think so too! I’m sure you double checked, but the springy door stopper thing – make sure the little rubber stopper doesn’t fall off – my son use to pull ours off on purpose! Yikes!

    • Michelle

      30.01.2013 at 14:21 Reply

      Oh, don’t I know it. I learned that with our first. Rest assured dear readers, everything is securely attached and/or glued in place. It’s cool, but NEVER worth risking my children’s lives on.

  • Rachel

    29.01.2013 at 20:50 Reply

    Love this for my little guy. I sent it to my husband so he can see it and make one for me!

    But also in Texas can it be January and your kid in diapers playing outside in the water… :)

  • Heather

    29.01.2013 at 20:55 Reply

    Very cute…looks like he’s having lots of fun! As an ER nurse though, it concerns me about the door stopper. The rubber piece on the end is a very common choking hazard and not recommended in houses with young kids. Maybe if you used some of that trusty glue to secure it? Just thought it should be mentioned :)

    • Michelle

      30.01.2013 at 14:30 Reply

      Heather, thank you, I should have mentioned it, the little cap is secured in place. Gotta love E-6000 super(amazing) glue!

  • Becky

    29.01.2013 at 23:54 Reply

    I think my kiddos would like the door stopper best! Man, they play with them around the house ALL the time. =) Adorable idea!!

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  • Amie

    30.01.2013 at 07:30 Reply

    Love this idea! I had a thought of doing something like this for my little guy but I thought who lets their kid play with this stuff? But now seeing this, I’m wanting to do something for his 2nd birthday which also is going to be a construction theme! Thanks for the wonderful tips!

  • Trish

    30.01.2013 at 08:37 Reply

    While this looks like a great play and learning tool, I don’t agree with the use of various types of locks! Think of the ramifications as the child learns how to use these, they can then open or get out of or in everything! The use of functional items that are more age appropriate would be much better! My knowledge comes from 26 yrs. of working in a classroom with 5 to 8 yr. old children!

    • Michelle

      30.01.2013 at 14:35 Reply

      Trish, to be honest I was on the fence about including certain locks. My 2 and 3 year old are already fully capable of opening and closing a locked door, and they never had a board like this. We enforce strict rules and consequences for breaking those rules when it comes to doors and overall safety.

      Actually, just last week, our dear friend had their front door open to let in a breeze; he stepped outside to retrieve something and their 2 year old locked him out with the 6 month old still inside. He ran all around the house panicking trying to get back in all the while attempting to instruct his little girl on how to unlock the door. When you’re in a panic minutes seem like eternity. But I understand you concern regarding safety

      • Cathy

        02.02.2013 at 00:41 Reply

        I agree with Trish. As I read about the project, I thought it was wonderful. After finishing reading, the same thought came to me about teaching a young child how to use locks. This could be very harmful to teach children to use locks. You can certainly enforce rules in your home but just one time of breaking that rule could be very dangerous. I really like the board and would love one for my grandsons but one of them (a 1-1/2 yr old) would be out the house in no time at all. Probably with a little bit of thought, a creative mind could come up with some substitutions for the locks.

        • Nicole

          10.04.2015 at 23:41 Reply

          Just a reminder, most of these locks as seen in real life are at least 4-5 feet off the ground. If your little guy can reach them, he doesn’t need a board to learn how to unlock them.

    • Linda

      28.05.2013 at 10:29 Reply

      I think each child and home is different. Some would certainly create mischief once they had learned to operate the locks. Some kids will figure out locks even without training, and yet others will accidentally operate them without any idea what they’d done!
      As long as parents are armed with the awareness of the risk, the dangers can be more readily addressed by discussing when and how locks should be used (maybe wait to include them on a busy board for older kids?). Since accidents are always a possibility, locks installed by parents ought to be placed where small children are unlikely to reach them.
      It’s also a really good idea to have spare keys strategically placed for when (not if) the need comes up!

  • Nikki Schwartz

    02.02.2013 at 16:16 Reply

    I so love this! We have a much smaller version from Melissa & Doug for my toddler. :) I am cohosting a play based learning blog hop, would LOVE to see this linked up. If you get a chance to stop by that would be awesome! Here’s the link http://www.spectrumpsychological.net/1/post/2013/02/play-to-learn-february-blog-hop.html

    I’m bookmarking M:illionayres. I’ll be back :)

  • Julie

    04.02.2013 at 18:22 Reply

    This is such a cute and creative idea!! My husband would like to make something similar for our son, but we were curious if you could tell us the dimensions of the board that you used?

    • Michelle

      05.02.2013 at 14:50 Reply

      Julie,
      we took a 2′ x 2′ panel of wood from Lowe’s and cut off about 5″ to 6″ along one side (we used those pieces for the hinged panels). Good luck!

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  • Julie

    09.02.2013 at 13:36 Reply

    Thanks so much!! :-)

  • Angela Wilkins

    18.02.2013 at 17:29 Reply

    what an amazing thing to make!

  • lindsey [ourhomegrownspud]

    18.02.2013 at 21:29 Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love your board! I want to make one for my daughter, I am so happy to see that your little guy at 1 enjoys this. I think my daughter would too for her first birthday! What a great idea with that door stopper thing, brilliant.

  • Edwina Sutherland

    21.02.2013 at 07:32 Reply

    Such faun project. Just shows homemade is best!

  • Melanie

    02.03.2013 at 09:30 Reply

    What a cute little guy! I LOVE this idea!! My son is 3 months, looking forward to making this for him in the next few months!

  • Luciana

    08.03.2013 at 10:26 Reply

    Love it!!!! Did you paint the yellow and black stripes? Or how did you do it?

    • Michelle

      10.03.2013 at 15:02 Reply

      Luciana,
      I did paint the stripes. I painted the entire board yellow and then masked offl lines for the black stripes.

      • Jess

        20.06.2013 at 11:42 Reply

        What kind of paint did you use and did you seal it as well?

        • Michelle

          20.06.2013 at 16:20 Reply

          I just used regular craft paint. I originally intended to seal it, but time was short and I was impatient so I didn’t. It’s still holding up strong without any wear and tear.

  • Liliana

    15.03.2013 at 06:57 Reply

    Looking for something different for my little boy who will turn 1 as well… This is FANTASTIC! I couldn’t resist so your idea will help me to do this special gift… Awesome job, congrats!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    07.04.2013 at 06:22 Reply

    I LOVE THIS! My husband is on the floor right now making this for my busy man who turns 1 Thursday! Thanks for sharing.

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    07.04.2013 at 11:25 Reply

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  • Joni

    11.04.2013 at 22:40 Reply

    What is the actual board made out of? I love this idea and want to make it for my grandson!

    • Michelle

      16.04.2013 at 08:08 Reply

      I used a ½” 2’x 2′ piece of Birch plywood from Lowes.

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  • Cassie

    19.05.2013 at 19:59 Reply

    Thank you for posting this amazing idea! My sons 1st birthday is May 24th so I went out and bought all the supplies (under $40 at Wal-Mart) All I need now is some paint (I have the wood already). Again, thank you for such a great idea!

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    27.05.2013 at 18:02 Reply

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your amazing busy board! You can see it here:

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    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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  • Jillian

    21.06.2013 at 05:02 Reply

    First, awesome idea. I have three boys so this will be a hit for sure! Quick question, how did you install the light switches? Meaning, did you have to cute a hole in the board (because they aren’t flush)?

    • Michelle

      21.06.2013 at 13:32 Reply

      Jillian,
      I used my jigsaw to cut out the holes for the light switches. Since it isn’t flush, the board sort of floats off the wall. We attached 1×2’s to the wall and then screwed the board onto the 1×2’s. It leaves just enough space from the back of the switch boxes to the wall. Thanks! Hope your boys enjoy it!

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  • Loretta

    29.07.2013 at 12:59 Reply

    This is wonderful. I’ve had something similar in my mind for a while now but can’t seem to get grandpa on board. Add a steering wheel , and you have it all!!!!

  • Kim

    06.08.2013 at 17:57 Reply

    I saw this a few months ago and thought it was brilliant! I am making this right now for my grandson`s 1st birthday and as I`m going around to various stores to pick things up I show them the pic. and everyone is blown away at this! Great job! I might add I`m a bit of a torment to the parents and I added a battery doorbell and I picked up a few lights that he can flick on and off…

  • Michele

    16.08.2013 at 19:55 Reply

    When I saw this idea, my heart dropped. Children are great at manipulating locks and getting into things that they shouldn’t without providing them a teaching and training tool for how to master and manipulate locks. He would be very happy to unlock the front door for a stranger.
    What about the neighbors who have a lock on their pool enclosure?? He is at high risk of drowning. He could lock himself in the bathroom. there’s water in the toilet, bathtub and sink..
    Need I say more…

    Remember, there is electricity/ high voltage that is wired up to those light switches. Thank goodness you didn’t add a plug receptacle to the board.

    As for the wheel…car tires are basically a large version of the wheel you have on that board…
    Need I say more..

    I know you were trying to think of a cute creative toy for your child, but this is an accident waiting to heppen

    • Nikki

      08.10.2013 at 22:30 Reply

      My heart dropped because I’m so sad that people only see the negative in everything!! Kids learn these same things no matter what…kids still unlock gates, get behind wheels, etc. Kids are naturally curious about everything that is why supervision is a must at all times.

      I think this is a great idea!!!

      • Janet

        28.10.2013 at 21:23 Reply

        Good answer! It IS a great idea. Why not teach while kids are curious? Can’t think of a better way to help them learn. Thanks for a great idea. I’m starting on one tomorrow. :)

  • Mallorie

    21.08.2013 at 14:18 Reply

    Can you post a pic of the back. I’m in process of making one and not sure how to attach light switches? What did you use to sink them in?

  • Jess

    29.08.2013 at 23:17 Reply

    I LOVE this….so cute. My boys would love it…..off to a hardware store soon to try to make one!! Thanks for your awesome ideas…

  • Heather

    01.09.2013 at 16:27 Reply

    I have a question about the door knob on your busy board. I’m having trouble figuring out how what type to get. Some of the door knobs had a rather large back to it so I wan’t sure if that would work so I purchased on that was flat on the back and come to find out it was an inactive knob (meaning that it doesn’t turn which defeats the purpose). Did you have to remove the mechanism from the back of your knob or did it also have to be sunk into the board? Thank You. – Heather

    • Michelle

      08.09.2013 at 20:00 Reply

      Fortunately ours was just laying around after the previous homeowner replaced his door knobs. It had a very low profile and was still functioning. I used long screws and washers to hold it in place so that it didn’t need to be counter sunk. Unfortunately after a while of locking and unlocking the mechanism got sort of stuck and stopped working. This was never his favorite part of the busy board and if I really wanted to I could unscrew it and fix the issue, but after 8 months the door stopper and hinged doors are still his favorite parts.

  • Lacey B.

    07.09.2013 at 22:44 Reply

    I have a question…I just love how yours turned out but I would like to know what kind of wood you used for the actual board and what size piece as well?

    • Michelle

      08.09.2013 at 19:56 Reply

      I used a 2’x2′ ½” Lauan Plywood Board and then cut 5-6″ off one side and used that to create the little wooden doors.

  • Lacey B.

    08.10.2013 at 17:39 Reply

    What font did you use for the wording?

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    27.10.2013 at 07:23 Reply

    My grandson was born the day after my daughter’s (his mom) birthday. One week before Christmas. Lover this idea for an extra surprise gift.

  • Mel

    04.11.2013 at 14:46 Reply

    The door stop is my favorite!!
    Very cool!

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    question–what are the overall dementions of the board?

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      the overall dimension is approximately 18 inches by 24 inches. We took a 2′ x 2′ board,then cut 6 inches off one side to create the doors that are on the board.

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        16.12.2013 at 09:09 Reply

        FOOD FOR THOUGHT

        Whilst this toy looks great and I am sure it would keep most young children amused, I am concerned that it is teaching young children to play with things that may cause potential harm. Firstly the color of the board and bold markings remind me of a Danger or Hazard sign therefore children could associate danger with play or fun. Locks, they are generally used as a sign to not enter or keep something in eg medicine in a cupboard, children in the yard . Switches are often located near power points and a very dangerous to young children. I do not mean to sound so negative but would ask parents to consider that your young children may not understand the difference between playing with their board and every day hazards.

      • Heather

        17.12.2013 at 13:22 Reply

        How large are the little doors on the board? Are they 6″ x 6″, or smaller? Also, did you just use 2″ painters tape to paint the black and yellow stripes? We want to do this for our little one for Christmas. We have been wanting to put it together for about 6 months, (since we saw your post). This is an amazing idea, we just love it!!!

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    • Ghee

      28.09.2014 at 13:56 Reply

      Michelle – did you learn that the little turning lock you liked – is a window lock. I understand the concern of some parents/professional about a child learning to unlock a door and go out – in that case, there should already be a redundant lock or chain lock high on the door where a child could not reach it. Then there should not be a worry — until he learns to push a chair over and climb up and unlock that one, too. In which case, you have much larger problems. Haha.
      This is such a cute idea. Wish I had seen it before my boys got too big. But I’ll save up old hardware for a nephew or friend.

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    This is a great busy board! I mentioned it on my blog: http://www.naptimerumination.blogspot.com. Thanks for the ideas!

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    I just came across this and I love it! Our son gets into everything and is constantly flipping switches and pushing buttons. My husband loved the idea.

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    Jut stumbled across this. Looks like baby boys that are born near their mommas birthdays are super curious and busy judging by the comments. I have one too, born just two days before my birthday. He’s almost a year and im looking to make one of these. This looks great, have to sub out the thumbtacks because i KNOW he’ll pick and pick until he gets them out.

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    • Michelle

      05.01.2015 at 09:03 Reply

      Well, seeing as how I made this for my Son’s birthday gift I didn’t have any problem putting the word boy on it. This is not to say that anyone couldn’t change it to say “kids at play” to meet the needs of boys and girls. It having the word boy on it certainly does not stop my 3 daughters from playing with it as well. Just remember to read articles and not flip through the pictures before you formulate extreme opinions on someone.

  • Crystal Locke

    05.01.2015 at 06:01 Reply

    Hello,

    I have two older boys with some sensory processing disorders. I was wondering if maybe y’all would be willing to make me something similar that perhaps they could hold on their laps. I am coming to Florida in a couple of weeks, but I am not sure what part you are in. Just curious if you would be willing to make me one. My husband passed away (he was the one who could of made this) and I’m not crafty enough to make this. Thanks so much. I would be willing to pay $100 for one of these.

    • Michelle

      05.01.2015 at 08:59 Reply

      Crystal, First let me say I’m sorry about your husbands passing. 2 months ago our family relocated to Texas so we’re no longer in Florida. I have seen a few different versions of smaller busy boards selling on etsy, also I’ve seen someone selling a knock off of my design there too :/

      These would most likely be more economical than having me make them for you especially since this was made 2 years ago. Good luck and you’re a great mama taking care of your little guys.

      Michelle

    • Mortimer's Busy Boards

      12.01.2015 at 14:45 Reply

      Hi Crystal,

      We are so sorry for your loss. We run an Etsy busy board shop and would love to build a board for your boys. Please check us out at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212247477

  • Marsha C

    06.01.2015 at 14:12 Reply

    I love this! Gonna make one for my grands.

    But my favorite part is the pictures of your little guy.

    Thanks for sharing your instructions

  • Nadine

    14.02.2015 at 23:47 Reply

    I’m noticing with the 1/2in thickness that some of the items do not fit. As an example, the door hinges come with 2in screws at the smallest, I don’t want any screws sticking out the back so wondering how you managed?

    • Michelle

      15.02.2015 at 18:02 Reply

      Nadine,
      In instances like this I just used shorter screws. Good luck!

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  • Nicole

    27.02.2015 at 11:49 Reply

    I love this! We are attempting to make one for our 14 month old daughter. We are stumped on how to install the old fashioned light switch. Any advise?!
    Thank you!

    • Michelle

      27.02.2015 at 12:08 Reply

      Nicole,
      If you look at the pictures, the board itself is sort of “floating” off the wall. We secured 2, 1x pieces of wood onto the wall and then secured the board to those so that the gap could accommodate the pieces of hardware that were countersunk like the light switches. Hope that helps!
      -Michelle

  • Ann Baron

    13.03.2015 at 09:10 Reply

    Hi, I am in the middle of making a busy board for my Granddaughter. I was wondering how you attached the door knob? I bought one, and when I opened it, it would not turn. I’m thinking it’s because you need both sides of the knob, with the shaft to make it operate. So, do you have a knob on the other side of your board?? Thanks for your help! Ann

  • Liat

    15.03.2015 at 01:11 Reply

    what was the size of the boar that you used between the wall and the board?

    • Michelle

      16.04.2015 at 14:02 Reply

      I believe we just used a scrap piece of 1×2

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    20.05.2015 at 09:39 Reply

    First off, LOVE this idea! My nephew turns one in a few days and I plan on making him one. Secondly, to all those “concerned” commenters, let me just say this, I have a child of my own and have done daycare for 15+ years (have three 2 1/2 yr olds at the moment too) and not once have I had any child mess with locks. Like one commenter stated, most of these locks are out of the reach of toddlers anyhow. If your child is able to crawl up and unlock a lock any higher, maybe you need to supervise better. As for the sexist comment….are you kidding me? The board was made for a BOY, therefore, it said, “BOY”. It was her project and she chose to put on it what she wanted. Some of you people need to learn how to lighten up a bit and let your kids have fun while learning. Some of you also need to learn how to just keep scrolling if you can’t say something nice. Job well done on this board and thank you for sharing the idea! :)

    • Michelle

      20.05.2015 at 10:34 Reply

      Thanks Jennifer!

      • Jennifer

        27.05.2015 at 06:55 Reply

        Just wanted to leave a follow up comment…..made this for my nephew and you wouldn’t believe how many compliments it received! In fact, several people took pictures of it so that they could make one!! Thank you again!!

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    Hi!

    I am a member of the marketing department for an Educational Suppliers. We are currently working on our shiny new 2016 catalogue and we would love to talk to you about some of the lovely ideas which you have posted on your blog!

    If you are interested contact me through my email and we will get the ball rolling!

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

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  • Shannon

    12.08.2015 at 06:11 Reply

    my best friend just made this for my son for his first birthday absolutely genius he loves it!

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  • Teah

    19.09.2015 at 23:59 Reply

    Where did you purchase the board?

    • ma-admin

      08.10.2015 at 18:03 Reply

      I bought the wood from Home Depot, painted it and affixed the hardware myself.

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