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Posted by Casey

If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen these amazing latch boards for toddlers. They look like so much fun but they can be incredibly expensive – I saw one for $400! Today I’d like to share a simple DIY latch board that you can make quite cheaply!

DIY Latch Board for Toddlers and Babies | Fine motor skills | DIY toys for toddlers

If you have a toddler, you probably also know that any toy or learning resource you bring into the house will either be loved or hated so I wasn’t going to spend that much money on something my 16 month old might love.

We headed to Bunnings and our local $2 shop and got some thick timber and some different latches. The most expensive accessory cost us $10 and the cheapest was only $1.50 so this was a much more affordable option! We organised all of the latches until we had them how we wanted them to appear.

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 Next my Hubby drilled all of the latches and accessories to the board. This was the fun part, seeing it all come together!

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Once it was all finished, we gave it to Lilly (16 months) for her to explore. She absolutely loved it! We have decided to bring it out later in the afternoons as she starts to get a bit crabby then.

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Overall, the project was a big success and only ended up costing us about $60 with lots of timber left for our next project!

About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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