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DIY IKEA HACK! Portable Building Boards
With our Peel 'n Stick Baseplates, it is easy to turn anything into a building brick surface! Here's a quick way to transform IKEA Tablet and Laptop Supports into fun little maker-spaces for your kids!
- Creative QT Peel 'n Stick 10" x 10" Baseplates - we used one green, one blue and one purple, shop the full collection here
- 1 x IKEA BRADA Laptop Support, pink (also available in black), $3.95
- 2 x IKEA ISBERGET Tablet Stand, white (also available in blue), $1.50 each
- Sharp craft or utility knife (we used this one)
- Craft mat or chopping board
- Building bricks such as DUPLOs or LEGOs
Here's a video showing you how easy it is to make these Portable Building Boards, along with just how much fun your kids can have playing with them!
Just remember to use a sharp knife, as well as cutting against a line of bricks to ensure a straight edge. If you end up with any rough edges, you can use a nail file to smooth it off.
So what's the big deal about this DIY project? There are some huge advantages to these play boards. First of all, they are portable. If your kids are anything like ours, they will be happily entertained with building bricks wherever they are. Whether it's at the kitchen table while breakfast is prepped, on the living room floor at Grandma's house, or even out at Starbucks while Mom and Dad get that all-important caffeine boost! Take a look at the pictures below to see how often our kids use their boards.
The second benefit is that the boards encourage building on a vertical surface. Why is this important, you ask? When your child builds on a vertical surface they are using more gross and fine motor movements that otherwise would not be required. They have to carefully coordinate their hands at an inclined level. There are also creative advantages to building on the vertical. It will challenge your kids to think of different creations and will require some problem-solving as they figure out how they can transfer their creative thoughts to a building brick creation.
The third reason these boards are great to have at home is that they are compatible with smaller LEGO style bricks and larger DUPLO style bricks. This means you can keep both younger and older builders happy without needing to build two separate play surfaces!
The final reason we love these portable building boards is because they encourage building together. They are small and easily moved, therefore kids can get themselves set up for a fun building session side-by-side.
We hope you give this simple DIY Peel 'n Stick Baseplate project a go! Remember to tag us if you do: @creativeqt on Facebook and Instagram.
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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