It’s been a year since my first busy board “Control Panel”, which successfully functions till now. Busyboard is a baby activity toy that, simply put, just keeps them busy.

Busyboard looks like a combination of hardware pieces and puzzles that gives an active toddler a safe yet close-to-life skill-building area.

This summer it was all about aviation for Emir, therefore it was for me, too 🙂 he was very much into Hayao Miyazaki’s “Wind Rises“, we watched it like million times. Really nice story about dreaming big for little boys. And for me there were quite a few interesting historical details, I wiki-ed professor Junkers (did you know that he has nothing to do with WWII bombers?), and Zero bomber, and I’m more educated now. That’s what I call a good animated movie.

So, our new board is dedicated to aviation and aircraft constructors.

Here it is.

And here’s what’s it all about.

It’s full of tumblers, scrollers, propellers, buttons and chains, and a winding detail in the center, and little doors with “Three!.. Two!.. One!..” behind them. I was constantly checking it while making (I mean PLAYING, you know). And I had a beta-tester, too.

Some photos from making-of.

I chose acrylic shade called “Aviation Blue” – yes, please!

Doors, handles and propellers are all handmade and painted with acrylic. Not because i’m so eco-minded, rather because when you have no car, and 15 miles away from nearest store, it’s much easier to just DIY that handles.


The process was lots of fun, though stretched in time. There was lots and lots of fitting, glueing, drilling, painting, and moving it all around until I was happy.

I loved making it. Emir loves playing with it.
And now I feel there are some more of those in my head, just waiting to be made.

BTW, that’s what my first baby activity toy – “Control Panel Busy Board” – looks like after a year of use:

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The busyboard provides compelling visual and auditory feedback to simple touch input, providing hours of intense sensory fun that kids enjoy.

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