Build a fun DIY Kids Activity Wall Board for your kids or teens. There’s 20 different ways to customize the sections on this board!
DIY Kids Activity Wall Board
I recently shared the big reveal for my little boys bedroom makeover. I absolutely love that room now. It’s a great mix of traditional elements and fun, colorful décor.
It makes me smile as soon as I walk in their bedroom. And, this DIY Kids Activity Wall Board is one of my favorite projects in the room!
I went for an extra long Activity Board with 3 different sections to keep my boys busy. In fact, mine is about 8′ long. But don’t worry, you can adjust the build size to fit your space and design.
You can also mix and match your own activity sections to make it fun for your kids. My guys are little, so a Lego Board, Magnet Board, and Peg Board work great for them now.
When they’re a bit older I can change things up, give them a Basketball Hoop next to a Velcro Ball Target. Or I can add some marble run pieces to their magnet board.
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20 Section Ideas for an Activity Board
In fact, I thought up 20 activity board ideas that would be awesome for any age groups. So, you can hang this DIY Activity Board in a Kitchen, Home Office, Mudroom, or Family Room too.
- Lego Board
- Magnet Board
- Peg Board
- Cork Board
- Dry Erase Board
- Photo Board
- Marble Run
- Sticker Collection
- Light Board
- Velcro Ball Target
- Mini Basketball Hoop
- Nerf Target Board – Similar to my DIY Nerf Gun Target – Homemade Kids Game
- Collage Board
- Calendar or Planning Board
- Craft Supply Storage Board
- Felt People Story Board
- Brag Board
- Chore Board
- Nightly Meal Plan
Now, let’s get this build started!
How to Build a Kids or Family Activity Board
- Wood Glue (I used this extra strong glue)
- Brad Nailer with 1 1/4″ Brad Nails
- Kreg Jig and screws
- Miter Saw and Circular Saw
- Wood Filler
- Paint, I used Behr’s Castle Path Latex
- Stain, I used Minwax’s Golden Oak
- A Good Water-Based Polyurethane
- 1×2″ & 1×4″ Select Pine or Poplar
- 1×3″ Cedar Boards
- Lattice Boards – Unfinished if Staining, Primed if Painting
Certain types of activity boards will have a DEFAULT SIZE, so it’s best to plan ahead. For example, the Lego Base Plates come in a standard size. You might want to plan the frame to fit around a certain number of base plates.
Also, you can buy pre-made chalkboard, peg board, plywood, and dry erase board in 2′ x 4′ segments at stores like Home Depot and Lowes. SO PLAN AHEAD for the best layout and sizes on your sections.
Start by building the inner frame of the Activity Board. Cut your 1×3’s on a Miter Saw. I used 2 – 8′ long Cedar boards and 4 – 19 1/2″ Cedar boards for mine. Then drill 2 pocket holes on each end of the 4 – 19 1/2″ boards with a Kreg Jig.
Then sand the boards smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. It’s easier to sand something this big before assembling it.
Glue and clamp your short boards in place before screwing them together. Assemble the whole inner frame.
Wipe the boards clean and stain this frame. When using both stain and paint on a project, it’s easier to get a perfect look by staining and painting the pieces separately.
Then cut, sand, and paint the outer 1×2 & 1×4 frame boards. Double-check for exact measurements on the outside of the frame you just built. I used 1 – 8′ long and 2 – 25″ long 1×2 boards. And 1 – 97 3/4″ long 1×4 for the bottom shelf.
Once the stained and painted boards are dry, glue and nail the outside frame to the inner frame. I used 1/4″ thick plywood board as a spacer to create a gap behind the inner frame.
This gap creates enough space for you to attach the activity boards you picked.
BUT IF YOU PICK A THICKER activity board material, or if you want to use peg board storage organization attachments, you’ll need to adjust your gap to give enough room behind the inner frame.
Cut, sand, and paint the Lattice Board that wraps around the bottom shelf. I used 2 – 3 3/4″ boards for the sides and 1 – 98 1/4″ piece for the front.
Again, double-check for exact measurements on the outside of the frame you just built. I’m a big fan of double-checking all of my measurements.
Once the painted lattice boards are dry, glue and nail them around the 1×4 shelf.
You can apply your polyurethane to the whole build now. I use a couple coats when it’s something my boys will play with. They like to bang things up a bit. 😉
Finish and attach your activity boards to the back of the inner frame with screws, so they can be easily removed later.
Hang the board with appropriate weight wall anchors or French cleats that can hold the weight of your DIY Activity Wall Board.
I actually went the extra cautious route and used 2 French cleats that could have held the wait with just one. But, I always go with caution when I build something for my kids. I didn’t want this heavy wood falling on my guys.
ALSO, I used 2 – 3M Velcro Command Strips on the bottom of the board to prevent the kids from lifting the bottom off the wall. Those command strips keep the board tightly secured to the wall. I actually use this trick a lot.
You can see it on the DIY Light Clip Display Board in their bedroom, the the 1-Day Bookshelf Build in the Office, and in my post about How to Replace or Fix Broken Valance Clips on Blinds .
Our Finished DIY Kids Activity Wall Board
Now, let me show you some of the fun details on our Kids Activity Board!
My little guy loves playing with the magnets. I made most of the wood magnets with pre-painted wood shapes from Hobby Lobby, superglue, and round Earth magnets.
More DIY Projects For You
Check out 16 Ways to Repurpose an Open Formal Living Room for some creative ways to use that space!
You might also love this beautiful DIY Kids Play Kitchen with lots of storage and interactive fun.
This DIY Table Over Washer and Dryer is always a popular build.
If you need a great little desk for your elementary age kids. Check out this DIY Childrens Desk with Storage Drawers.
And, up your toy storage game with this DIY Wooden Toy Storage Crate or this DIY Toy Box Build Plan.
Or, this easy DIY Kids Play Tent from PVC Pipes.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and make your own DIY Kids Activity Wall Board. Have fun and let me know if you have questions.
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Monday 25th of June 2018
This is such an awesome, cool fun piece to have in a child play space. You nailed this with its beauty and its creativity. My son would have loved something like this, when he was younger. Thanks for sharing
Monday 25th of June 2018
Aw, thanks!!! That's such a great compliment. :)
Marissa Zheng | Squirrels of a Feather
Friday 22nd of June 2018
Wow, this looks amazing! From the picture I didn't realize there was even more than the Lego board...now I love it even more! What a great activity center for kids! And maybe it would keep them off the floor ;)
Friday 22nd of June 2018
It does help...a little. :) Thanks so much for the nice comment. It's made my day!
Tuesday 19th of June 2018
Oh WOW!! I wish I had seen this when my son was little! He was an absolute Lego nut and this would have been perfect for him! Such a great idea!
Wednesday 20th of June 2018
He loves that Lego board. He'd probably be happy with an 8' long Lego board! :)
Friday 15th of June 2018
That's a brilliant idea Stephanie and I loved all the tips you gave regarding sizing and hanging. It's those small details that always get me stumped when trying to build something like this and half the time I just give up.
Saturday 16th of June 2018
Thanks, Michelle. You're comments are always so sweet. I really appreciate them!
Thursday 14th of June 2018
What a great idea. My grandkids would love the Lego board. I think that there are several that I will try. Thank you for sharing at the Handmade Hangout.
Friday 15th of June 2018
Thanks so much, Audrey! I hope your grandkids love theirs as much as my boys do. :)