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Creative Play with Peg Boards

Updated on November 20, 2013

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 pegboard

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You can teach your kids letters and numbers with the pegboard! Just create one letter and let them duplicate it next to your own!
You can teach your kids letters and numbers with the pegboard! Just create one letter and let them duplicate it next to your own!
You can teach your kids letters and numbers with the pegboard! Just create one letter and let them duplicate it next to your own!

300 Pegs and Easel Stand!

Quercetti Fantacolor Design
Quercetti Fantacolor Design

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

Quercetti Combi
Quercetti Combi

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.

 
International Playthings Quercetti Fantacolor Daisy
International Playthings Quercetti Fantacolor Daisy

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.

Quercetti Fantacolor Junior Mosaic Pegboard Set
Quercetti Fantacolor Junior Mosaic Pegboard Set

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:

Pegs and Pegboard Set with Pattern Cards Preschool Educational Learning Toy Game
Pegs and Pegboard Set with Pattern Cards Preschool Educational Learning Toy Game

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?

Have You Played With Pegboards as Kids? - What's in those pegs that keeps us occupied?

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    • MisterJeremy profile image

      Jeremy 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Looks fun. I'll have see if I can find one of these.

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      Senora M 

      7 years ago

      Oh man! This looks awesome! I'm going to have to get one for my boys!! Thanks for such a great lens!!

      **Blessed by the Toddler Neighborhood Squid Angel**

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      callinsky lm 

      8 years ago

      I had a light-bright growing up. Loved it. My son had one too, and he loved his. Although they are not called a peg board, I believe them to be very similar.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My daughter loved playing with her pegboard! She grew up to be an artist and her artistic talent was obvious from an early age. She would make quite elaborate designs on her pegboard :), so for children who enjoy creating designs, the pegboard can be used well past toddlerhood!

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      Carol Fisher 

      8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      This is a good suggestion for my nephew who'll be 4 years old at the beginning of October. Thanks, Michelle.

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      LadyFlashman 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a trip down memory lane! Such a simple but fun toy, I am so pleased they are going strong today.

    • justholidays profile image

      justholidays 

      8 years ago

      Almost each time you make a toy page you bring me back to my own childhood in the late 60's. Here again, back to the past and a great reminder of all those splendid things we would bo with our pegboards!

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      aishu19 

      8 years ago

      This is such a cool toy with so much possibilities..I should get my kid one

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