One of the main themes that we promote at Practical Tactical is that personal preparedness should not be restricted to one part of your life, but rather be just one part of an overall lifestyle of preparedness that is dictated by your current situation, by what is happening in your life today.

We try to practice what we preach here at Practical Tactical and the main focus of our lives for the last year has been our beautiful baby girl Riley and this DIY project is dedicated to her.  Of course, she is amazing in every way and she keeps us on our toes at all times.  Riley was sitting up at three months, pulling up at six months, walking at eight months and running around and talking up a storm at one year old.  She loves all of her toys and reading time is her favorite, but she is always challenging herself and trying new things.  So with this in mind, I wanted to do something special for my little girl by building her a toy board.  In an effort to keep her little mind working and prevent her from quickly becoming bored, I chose to build her toy board using common household hardware that would not only be fun and entertaining for Riley, but also help her work on her motor skills, dexterity and problem solving at the same time.

After a quick visit to my local home superstore, I was ready to get started.  Here is a list of the items I picked up for my project during my visit:


One 2 x 2 ft pre-cut panel

One expandable key coil with clip

One LED moon light (touch to activate)

One light duty door stop

One door stop

One carabiner

1 1/2 ft plastic yellow chain

One castor wheel

One spinning castor wheel

One combination lock

One sliding bolt door lock

One sliding bolt gate latch

One eye hook latch

One padlock hasp

Several different key chains / stretch loops in different colors


A little quality time with the power drill and zip-bang-boom, we had ourselves a toy board!


How you want to build your toy board is completely up to you.  Just use your imagination and take cues from your child.  The items for your board can be picked up inexpensively at any number of locations, so have fun with it.  Few projects will ever be more rewarding than building something for your precious one.

I think ours turned out really well and Riley really seems to like it.  We decided to mount it on the side of a cabinet in an area that Riley plays in often.  You don’t necessarily have to mount your toy board, but we just didn’t want to take the chance that Riley might pull it over on herself and get hurt.  Riley is walking everywhere and loves to take her toys with her so we plan to add a velcro patch to the board so she can have a tear away option for a toy or two as well.  We also plan to let Riley decorate the board soon.  Riley’s hand prints are the leading candidate right now, but we’ll see.







Thanks for stopping by and checking out my daddy DIY adventure with Riley’s toy board.  I hope this sparks a few ideas for you.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to share this post with your friends.

Whatever your future projects may be, just remember that you can absolutely get them done and know that the ones you love will appreciate them and you more than you will ever know.

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