Creative Play with Peg Boards
Never bored kids with this classic toy!
Pegboards are one of the classic toys even I used to play with as a child! To tell you the truth, when I bought peg board for my daughter, I expected to see just the same toy as it was when I was a kid. I was mistaken! Apparently, even peg boards were modernized!
Today's pegboards come with pegs in different sizes and with convenient cases they can be stored in! I'm so sorry that I don't own my old pegboard any more to show you the difference!
Still, when we entered toy store, this was a toy my almost 3 year old picked for herself. And she's been playing with it a little bit each day. She even learned how to secure the case herself. Let me show you today's pegboards
Things Parents and Kids Love about Pegboards
Awesome development tool for children!
There are several excellent things about pegboards:
1. Kids develop fine motor skills. Let's face it: it's pretty hard for 2,5 - 3 year old to put a peg into a board. But they keep trying until they do. Don't expect their first creations to be masterpieces. But that brings us to:
2. No end to creativity! What my girl did first time she picked up pegs was this: she picked 2 big pegs and one smaller and pretended they are mom, dad and herself. Well, I never have thought pegs could be used for pretend play, but what do I know! ;)
3. Portability - you can put pegs into a case that comes with it and your toddler can carry it around. It also makes this toy excellent choice for a travel toy - it's lightweight and easy for little ones to carry around.
4. No noise! Yay! This is toy that is played in silence! It doesn't run on batteries, most of kids don't even make a sound while they are busy playing!
5. With older kids it can be a great way to practice spatial skills using pegboards for creating and following patterns. I even used it for my almost 3 year old for some simple patterns - one small red, one big blue, one small red, what's next? She can follow this and interact with me.
I should warn you: Warning on this toy says 4+, but with parental supervision, 30-36 months old toddlers can use it without much trouble. Still, it holds small parts so you shouldn't leave your toddlers without supervision around this toy!
Other ideas for using pegboards...
This list will be updated over time as me and my little girl find a new ways to play and learn with this toy. Many of these ideas will be great for toddler and preschool age kids.
1. What we have been doing with pegboards is: learning colors and developing fine motor skills!
Use a couple of small cups and a spoon - ask your toddler to divide pegs by color using spoon. You can start by adding a single peg to each cut to show where each color should go!
2. Learning letters. Use pegs and bands to create outline for a letter and let your child complete it. I have added sample picture on the right for letter P. You can do this with all letters.
Few Images of Pegboard Creations - Might give you some ideas how to use pegboardClick thumbnail to view full-size
300 Pegs and Easel Stand!
The Fanta Color Design Activity Set features 300 pegs in 3 different sizes and an easel stand. Base stores pegs while not in use. Built-in handles for portability and leverage. Package measures 14" x 11" x 2.25".
Just one reason to love this toy...
No end to creativity! You can always find some new design to create!
Some of the Pegboards Available Online
Two classic play sets in one multi-function activity easel/carrying case. Features a Fantacolor pegboard on one side and the Magnetino magnetic dry erase board on the other. Innovative hinge design allows for quick and easy switch from pegboard to magnetic board. 360-piece set includes 3 sizes of brightly colored pegs, magnetic letters and animals, dry erase marker, eraser and idea booklet. All components can be easily and safely stored inside.
Create unique flowers with the Fantacolor Daisy peg board play set. The flower shaped peg board has holes to hold the six colors of pegs which are included in this set. The 240 pegs include red, blue, purple, orange, yellow and green colors. To enhance math skills, have your child create patterns in the flower. The case has six sections for storing each colored peg. The peg board fits on top, making a handy case for carrying. Ages 4 & up.
Perfect 1st Pegboard for Toddlers!
If you're afraid to give the classic pegboard to your toddler, you should consider buying this pegboard. It has bigger pieces, easier for younger toddlers to hold and manipulate.
2 years & up. There are 48 large chunky pegs that attach easily to the clear acrylic board. Slide a picture behind the acrylic to encourage children to match colors and design. Everything stores inside the convenient carry case. Includes 48 large pegs, 16 large pictures, transparent pegboard, and carrying case.
And a great option for homeschoolers looking for pegboards to educate and keep their kids occupied:
Kids will have so much fun they won't even know it's educational! Great for individual therapy or play at home. Develops eye hand coordination,pattern skills and visual perception. Includes pegboard, 120 Pegs and 20 double-sided Pattern Cards (40 patterns).
Do you recall playing with them? What was your favorite design you created?
Does your toddler / preschooler have a pegboard? Does he / she like it?