How To Make a Busyboard Buddy: Best Toys for One-Year-Old Must Have Eyes!


Among the best toys for one-year-olds, in my opinion, are extra-personalized toys. They can be made to order, like these lovely inclusive dolls, or customized according to kid’s likings and unique personality.
I always make custom busy-boards to order. First, I believe that each kid deserves his own board, made to his or her likings. Second, because I’m thrilled to come up with new designs every time – it never gets boring. Third, because I love how each busy-board I make gets its own name and story.


Buddy Board

So I met this one-year-old guy named David the other day. A bit of a chubby angel, funny as hell and with a truckload of charisma. We instantly got along and had a really good day spent together.

I was so happy to make this board for him. A loaded busy board is a perfect one-year-old toddler toy. Because one-year-olds are just marvelous, bless their hearts. They stand up, and then they’re unstoppable. I once counted how many efforts to unlock one especially sturdy lock Emir made in a day. It was over 200.

a one year old baby playing with a bright activity board

And as I and David’s mom get along really well, I felt extremely comfortable to come up with any design. Even the craziest one. And David obviously wouldn’t mind.

So I had this board sized about 12×20 inches and several elements at hand. The red and white palette is an homage to my first Control Panel Board. It is bright and dynamic, I love how it pops into the room.

And I like the chevron pattern. A lot. I really enjoyed how all the Pinterest was bursting with it couple years ago. So I started with a single chevron zigzag… and gotcha! The teeth! All best toys for one-year-old, in my opinion, have eyes. So the eyes had to follow. And before I even knew it, I was making a Buddy Board.

Sorry chevron, maybe next time, I’m really looking forward to though!

A process, step-by-step:

Lovely! It has its mojo

David loves his new buddy! He even tried to feed him. Ain’t little kids just the best empaths? The board looks amazing in his play space, too. Why the busy-boards are just the best toys for one-year-old? Because it’s also a statement piece, and a failproof solution to brighten up the playroom. Always.

Oh, David, you’re the apple of my eye, have fun! As you’re the sweetest chubby guy I ever met. See you soon!

Want to order a busy-board for a cool kid in your life? Feel free to shoot me a message via Twitter, Instagram or email.

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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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