Parent Made Developmental Toys: Integrating Parenting, Self-Esteem, Literacy & Fun
Peg Board
A toy for the whole family with games and play.

1. Saw a square of wood from a 1 x,10 board 9 inches long.
2. Draw on a matrix of dots-- 5 rows of 5 dots or more dots if you like.
3. Clamp the board down.
4. Drill two rows of holes all the way through the board. Use a 1/4 inch drill bit.
5. Reclamp the board and drill the other three rows.
6. Sand the board-- corners, edges and holes.
7. On one side draw the two game boards as shown.
8. Sand the points off the golf tees.
9. Sign your work and add the date.

To Play the triangle game. The object is to jump pegs and leave only one peg at the end of the game.
1. Place 14 pegs in the 15 holes of the triangle. Leave any one open that you choose.
2. Jump one peg over another peg into the open hole. You can jump across, down or diagonally as long as you jump in a straight line.
3. Continue to do so until you can't jump any more pegs.
4. Figure out what the strategy is to leave as few pegs as possible.

Store the pegs in a small dish or basket with the peg board on the shelf

Developmental Interaction with the Peg Board
Babies (with adult supervision) can take out the pegs. Destruction is easier than construction.
Name other toys babies can take things out of.

Toddlers like to take pegs out and try to put them back in. Play match the peg color. Count pegs as you take them out. Toddlers can't do it but they will listen and learn the words of counting.
What other games can they play with matching.

Preschoolers can play match the colors in a line of pegs. Put 3 to 5 pegs on one line and they can make a matching line under it.
As they get older, you can make a line of 3 to 5 pegs, have the child look at them, remove them and then see if the child can copy the line from visual memory.
Write down some other kinds of patterns besides lines.

4, 5 and 6 year olds can make geometric shapes and write letters with the pegs. They can learn to play tic tac toe.
Name some geometric shapes that they could make?

Elementary school children can make designs, practice addition and subtraction, and learn simple multiplication and division operations. They can learn the triangle game as well.

Parents can practice their own homework on the peg board, too.
How could you use the pegboard to learn about perimeter and area?

Peg Board Materials List

When the parent is drilling, have them slow down when they near punching through the board. If they keep up a strong pressure the wood will splinter a bit more. Another way to avoid this Is to drill through the board with another board underneath. Then the holes won't splinter. A piece of hard particle board makes a nice drilling surface.

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