Montessori-Inspired Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers — Screwdriver Board

My husband has become quite handy in his amateur wood shop, so now he doesn’t bat an eye when I tell him the newest wooden toy I want him to create!  L and N are obsessed with our Nuts & Bolts Board, so when I was thinking of what I wanted him to build next, I remembered a screwdriver board that I used to have in the classroom when I was teaching.

I wanted to improve upon it, so I asked him to make a small pocket to hold the screws, a longer pocket to hold the screwdriver, and a line of 5 T-nuts going from largest to smallest.

This screwdriver board has been a hit with our girls, and it’s one of our Etsy shop customer favorites!

The repetition of the turning of the screwdriver helps build focus and concentration skills, and the work naturally requires hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills to get the screws into the T-nuts. Size differentiation is also developed as the screws go from largest to smallest. Left to right motion teaches pre-reading skills.

If you or someone you know is handy, you could probably make this yourself.  If you’re like me and absolutely hopeless in a wood shop, you can get your Handcrafted Screwdriver Board HERE.  🙂

3 thoughts on “Montessori-Inspired Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers — Screwdriver Board

  1. This is totally cool!
    We have one of those plastic cars you can take apart and put together but all the screws are the same size and they haven’t played with it in a while. I like the wood look, so clean!

  2. I made a nut and bolt board for my daughter a few years ago and she liked it a lot, but I know idea it was a thing. I like the screw board pictured above as well. Thanks for sharing.

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