Defer to the instructions that come with the
hardware when it comes to pilot-hole size.
5. After drilling all your holes, install the hardware
with your screwdrivers. You could use the drill to do
this, but the small screws are easy to strip and hard
to hold onto while using a power tool.
6. After all the pieces are attached, wipe the whole
thing down with a rag to remove any debris; many
pieces will be covered with a light coat of oil.
7. This project is easy to use; just put it in front
of the kids and step out of the way. They will
instinctively start manipulating the hardware. We
introduced this activity board to many children and
not once were we asked, “How do you use this?”
Storage This item will ﬁt nicely on a shelf or in a large tote.
This project is great for developing small-motor
skills in young children. It also teaches about
cause-and-effect relationships while allowing
tactile exploration of the materials.
Variations Mount the board directly to a wall at child height.
Ask older children to practice manipulating the
objects with their nondominant hand or even
Activities—Learning Equipment to Build