I have a nephew who just turned 1 year old and his parents asked me to build him a busy board / activity center thing for him to play with. In this video, I show the busy board I built and discuss some of its features.
The board has a standard light switch that turns on a large, green LED. It has 2 lighted toggle switches, a large push button that lights up when pressed down, a small button that turns on a flashing LED, a bicycle bell that I damped with some glue so it wouldn’t drive people crazy, a door that opens a compartment with fake turf in the bottom, three door stops that are fun to play with, a wheel that spins, and a mirror. There is also a carrying handle on the back.
All the electronics are powered by 2 AA batteries that should last a long time because the LED’s don’t draw much power. I left the bottom panel unglued and screwed it on so that I can access the wires inside if it’s ever needed. The box was made from 1/2″ oak. I sanded the wood smooth and finished it with a couple layers of shellac. Shellac is a natural product that is easy to apply and is nontoxic and very safe once cured. In fact, it is even used as an ingredient in some candies!
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