This simple idea is one of my all time favorites for toddler activities. It’s the jewel of the many activities my son participates in from day to day. My
25 month old has been enjoying the following learning boards for the past SIX months. Take a look!
What Is a Learning Board?
The learning board is simply a “life sized” poster board that can include basically any subject you feel is helpful for your child.
I chose to do letters and numbers on one board, colors and shapes on another, and sight words on the last. However, some may like to do sensory items or just something fun and silly. Be creative!
This project took me about one hour to complete and I got so much more play time from it than I’ve gotten from many of the toys I’ve bought in the past. Seriously.
So here are the steps of how to start.
- Locate you local dollar store!
- Buy as many boards as you want. Three boards cost me $3.00! Just make sure they are the solid, sturdy, boards, NOT the ones that are bendable.
- Obtain whichever flashcards your toddler may enjoy but haven’t mastered yet. I spent $2 on shapes and sight word flashcards.
- Grab any other supplies you may like. For me it was $1 on markers, and $2 on sticky letters. That’s it! $8 dollars total.
- This is the fun part. Put whatever you want on the boards! I’ve done the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week, days of the months, sight words, and also his name!
- My son absolutely adored these boards! They are light weight, so we would walk into the room and he would make a beeline straight to the boards and bring them to me or he would just sit on the board and play. Can we say independent playtime and a rest for mommy? 🙂
- Our toddlers are like little sponges! They will pick up the information fast without any coaching. If it is your desire to start the learning process of this type, this is a great method and actually perfect for any age.
- NO MESS!