My 9 month old Tamanna loves exploring!! I decided to make her some simple DIY baby toys. I don’t believe in wasting money on toys she will get over in 3.5 seconds. Plus living in a NYC apartment I just don’t have the space to store unnecessary objects.
Sensory play is very beneficial.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any activity that engages your little one’s five senses, touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing.
This becomes a fun learning experience to explore the world.Sensory activities facilitates exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore!!
The first DIY toy are these simple water bead, cotton ball, and water and glitter bottles.
You can fill up these bottles with so many other things as well, beads, beans, colorful fuzzy balls, bells.
The second DIY baby toy is an hula hoop with random objects tied to it! (Have no idea what I would name this)
This is basically finding things around the house that would intrigue your little one. I added ribbon, plastic cookie cutters, ribbons, flower headbands, soft doll/toys. It was super simple and Tamanna loved it so much, the hula hoop has beads inside so she loves shaking it. She was excited to play with the hula hoop right after she woke up from a nap. This is also great for tummy time. She hates tummy time even when i have other toys around her but she enjoyed being on her tummy while playing with the hula hoop (for about 8 minutes).
So this was also items I found around the house that would be great for her to feel and play with. This included soft, fuzzy, rough, different textures, a mirror, feathers, cotton balls, pom pom, straws. tassels, ipsy bag. I hot glued most of the objects. She did pull some off, so I then used wood glue. She mostly enjoyed feeling all the different objects.
You can use different pieces of fabric, table mats, curtains, cut them in pieces and attach them to a cardboard. Get creative!! I want to make one with just different pieces of clothes that have different textures.
I hope this blog inspired you to make your own baby toys!! These can all be done with things around the house. I had so much fun making these, and watching my baby having fun was the best part!!