Busyboards Making-of updates: story of Easy Busy Boards™ Builder

So with all the fuss, new website, and a new shiny brand, we felt like it is time to re-introduce ourselves and tell a bit of Easy Busy Boards story.

Hi 🙂

I’m Vera, the mom, and creator of Easy Busy Boards™ (previously known as OyBoy and oyboystuff.com). My husband Timur and son Emir are the co-pilots, beta-testers, and visionaries behind the brand – not that they had a choice.

Together with our grandma Lydia, we live in Vietnam. We moved here in 2015 from Ukraine to pursue our marketing careers and we’re still here.

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HOW DID THE EASY BUSY BOARDS™ STORY START?

For eight years now, I have been sharing my DIY projects and busy boards in my two previous blogs. The boards in particular were such a hit that people just wouldn’t stop coming.

(Read here – What is a busy board?)

The first idea for Easy Busy Boards Builder was born after my 15th or 20th custom order.

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I loved how every parent would inquire for different parts and quirks for their kids. It clearly channeled the need for an ultimate personalizing solution.

This year, we’re making it happen. We’re committed to letting everyone make 100% custom busy board for their kids, babies, learners, and whoever. Online & easy.

Why are we doing this? Because we believe in busy boards. We believe that all kids and all caregivers deserve this unique bonding experience of shared toy-making. Also, because it’s FUN!

ALL KIDS ARE CURIOUS, ALL KIDS ARE TALENTED

As a parent of a one-of-a-kind Nevus owner myself, I know well that all kids are unique. I love making custom toys basing on the strengths and talents of a particular kid. I love seeing how their eyes light up and they start to invent endless games.

I used a busy board with my son Emir a lot. It is great for the fine motor skills building, roleplay, speech therapy, and teamwork-building play. We still use it now that he’s 7! Concierge bell stands for a victory bell during the math lessons, and it totally sets my learner on fire.

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EVERYONE WANTS TO MAKE ONE

A personal busy board is a once-in-a-lifetime dream toy. But not everyone has all it takes to make one, skills, or resource-wise. So I dreamt of creating an easy way for every caregiver to make ultra-custom busy board.

Part of the Easy Busy Boards’ story is the years of testing, researching, making, and selling boards as a side business. I kept the blog alive, giving back to the busy boards’ community. But I could only dream of making time to find “The Solution”. Always too busy.

And then quarantine happened.

PUTTING SPIN ON LOCKDOWN – EASY BUSY BOARDS™ BUILDER

Locked down with my spouse, a senior beloved grandma, and a 7-year-old. Lots of time on the hot balcony office. What should we do? We decided to put good use of the isolation and conceptualized Easy Busy Boards Builder.

An interactive online constructor, where anyone, even toddler, can create a busy board in seconds from their parts of choice, and get it made in one click. So easy!

OUR VISION GOES BEYOND

We are digging the non-plastic, durable, future-proof toys that create a unique learning setup for all children.

If you believe in:

gender-neutral toys for toddlers

early childhood sensory development

equal education opportunities

art & design importance for kids’ mental health

smarter playroom solutions for everyone

please consider supporting Easy Busy Boards™ campaign on Indiegogo. It’s planned to run in November, and there will be freebies 😉

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WHY ARE WE LAUNCHING THE INDIEGOGO?

We’ve taken our passion for busy boards and launching great consumer-friendly brands to make Easy Busy Boards a reality.

We’ve already funded the software. Now we’re launching Indiegogo to collect your pre-ordered designs and give back very real busy boards. Only our backers will get great Early Bird pricing & value options.

These prices will never be repeated after the crowdfunding campaign.

We have all parts, providers, and assembly lined up. All we need now to jumpstart production is you. Together we can make unique & easy busy boards for every kid and caregiver out there.

ON WHAT STAGE ARE WE NOW?

We take pride in our gender-neutral designer patterns. They give a great pop to any room without looking cheap. Last month we’ve asked our community which you like the most. Thanks for narrowing down the shortlist!

We’re spending lots of time sourcing Sensory Sack parts. These bamboo cuts are definitely in. Sourced from local women-owned businesses, they make nice clacking sounds and have a great texture.

Get them for special prices this fall – sign up on Indiegogo! (No commitment needed at this stage.)

Last add-on!

In August, we’ve pinned the supplier of base pieces. Our boards are solid pine covered with VOC-free paints & finish, much safer for babies than plywood. What’s important, these will cut the time we spend on one board ten-fold!

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