Recently the girls became very interested in knot tying, which has resulted in ribbon and rope tied from one piece of furniture to another. Their aunt and Nana both gave the girls scarves this Christmas but the girls seem to think they got bigger pieces of rope.
We love the fact that they are learning to tie knots and the finger dexterity it builds, but we were getting a bit frustrated with them trying to tie everything. It had gotten a bit out of control when Ed tried to leave the bathroom and they had tied the door shut.
In order to contain but encourage the tying Ed made these knot tying boards for the girls. We bought a 2×2 piece of birch 1/2 inch thick cut to a square foot. (To make this project super easy we even had Lowes cut the board for us in fourths for us since we needed to make two and do some other projects). Ed also sanded the boards and the edges.
We then chose a bunch of different fixtures to put on the boards. We let the girls help pick out items and tried to do a variety. This is where the project can get pricey if you aren’t careful. And then we also picked out different kinds of rope that were a variety of thickness and texture.
To finish the board, Ed used the Dremel to trim down some of the screws poking through the back. We then used PlastiDip to seal up the back. I recommend the liquid form that you paint on or dip into as opposed to the spray on one. We first used the spray on PlastiDip and it came out in clumps, which is why you can still see some bumpy parts. But the pure liquid that Ed painted on went on very smoothly.
This project has been a really big hit with the girls. Our rule for the rope is that it stays with the boards which has really helped keep the random knot tying down. And, of course, this is one of those activities we supervise more carefully since they are playing with long pieces of rope. 🙂