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Sensory/fine motor activities

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My just turned 1 year old boy is suddenly obsessed with doors opening and shutting, cupboard locks, flicking switches back and forth and pulling light pulleys and levers. I'm constantly telling him no and moving him away, but want to think of some activities that will help to stimulate the part of him that wants to experiment with these things! Anyone got any ideas?
Short of visiting the shops and stocking up on safe cords, pulleys and empty light switch sockets for him to play with I don't know what to do! A x
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Build him a busy board! Pinterest has great ideas but basicall buy a bunch of cheap door knobs, switches, locks, hinges and such, screw them onto a board and you can attach it to a wall if you wish but viola - a board full of all the things he is curious to learn about without the consequence of things behind the doors
This is just one of a million things you can find on a google search:
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That busy board sounds fun!

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There's also a Melissa and Doug board full of latches if you're not a DIYer.
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Sensory/fine motor activities

Or, just let him play about the house. It's annoying, but is it really a problem if he turns the light switches on and off? Or opens and closes cupboards? Either put anything dangerous up high (the best option) or just put really secure locks on the dangerous cupboards. And fill the others with your Tupperware, plastic bowls, wooden spoons, etc. He'll be so thrilled to explore this cabinet.

I'm a big fan of setting kids' environment up for success. It's easier on you and on them. They can explore safely and in a positive environment and you're not following behind them all the time saying no which can be frustrating for both of you.
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Going to a place like Habitat for Humanity Restore (if you have those in your area), or even a large thriftstore could be very inspiring. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, I say.
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