Educational Toddler Activities : Fun Learning Boards!


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!

The How

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.

  1. Locate you local dollar store!
  2. 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.
  3. Obtain whichever flashcards your toddler may enjoy but haven’t mastered yet. I spent $2 on shapes and sight word flashcards.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
The Benefits
  1. 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? 🙂 
  2. 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.
  3. NO MESS!


8 thoughts on “Educational Toddler Activities : Fun Learning Boards!

  • February 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    These DIY learning boards are great ideas! Although educational toys from the store are nice, this goes to show that you don’t have to be spending so much money for your kids to have fun and learn at the same time.

    I noticed that you wrote the days of the week on one learning board. Does your child knows how to read them? How does he know the days of the week when he sees the board? It is just memorization? I hope my questions are clear.

    • February 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Vanessa! I amazes me everyday that are little children are such sponges. It started of with my son just pointing at different letters or words on the board. I would just recite whichever one he pointed. Then he started pointing to them in order and before I knew it he was pointing an reciting them on his own. That was only a few weeks! Now he recognizes the words everywhere like he would with other smaller sight words.

  • February 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Kayla and thank you for such a great post. Kids are like sponges and I think as adults we forget. I had a daycare and we did some awesome fun activities and it did not cost anything. We made things and invented others. Sometimes the costs were there of course, but children are amazing and love doing and making things and then playing or learning from them.

    • February 4, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Yes Merry! It’s amazing what they can pick up these days!

  • February 3, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Vanessa, I love this idea! What a great visual learning tool that makes toddlers enjoy learning from a young age and enables moms to have some much-needed free time to get things done. A win-win! Thanks for your creativity – busy moms need it!

    • February 4, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks for your comment Vanessa! Looking forward to posting more creative ideas.

  • February 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, cool concept. i really like the idea of surrounding your child with opportunities to learn in an everyday setting. Is there any particular reason you made certain letters different colors in some words?

    • February 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Joy! No reason! I was just working with the materials I had at hand 🙂 The cheaper the better!


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