I was extremely excited to work on this one. It was custom-made for little Ash for his first birthday. The tricky part was that this busy board for siblings had to be share-able with his 3-y-o brother Luca. So, I came up with a tandem.
The theme was a no-brainer. Of course, CARS is what little boys are all about. So, I dug into the idea and had a lot of fun. The project took me about 2 weeks. You, however, can squeeze it in 2 days if you have tools (jigsaw & powerdriver) and details stocked up. See below the few pictures of making-of.
Cut your board size, sand it, come up with the design
Paint. I got the inspiration for colors from a random wooden rattle in a toyshop nearby. You know that feeling when right combination kinda just jumps into your eye? Paint-tape your design on the board. Get all the layers applied. Let dry thoroughly.
Eye-ball the parts. Here you can try various options to pick the layout you’d prefer. Make sure your toddler will easily reach and operate all elements. And safety first! Adjust it to your kid’s age. Here, I chose to skip the cord and the mirror.
Assemble. Curse. Reassemble. Curse. Reassemble. Get stuck. Get unstuck. Assemble. Step back. Enjoy.
I grouped the elements to coordinate with boys age: the right side is all about simplicity and fun for a 1-year-old Ash. Meanwhile, more complicated elements went to the left, for his elder brother Luca. I made a surprise installment while the birthday boy went for a walk with his brother and daddy.
Isn’t it just great how the busyboards make this impressive statement in any playroom?