Babies tend to play with everything and anything, regardless of the price tag.
DIY baby toys can be just as valuable and fun as the most expensive baby toys at the store.
The toys below are sure to be a hit with your little ones. Best of all, they can all be made with stuff that’s either already in your home or that’s inexpensive to buy!
Hopefully, you’ll even have fun making them. Who knows? Maybe you can keep them and pass them on to your second little one!
15 DIY Baby Toys
1. SENSORY BOTTLES
Similar to a glitter wand, glitter bottles are small plastic bottles filled with water and small colorful objects. Check out the tutorial here.
- Plastic bottle
- Small sensory objects
2. FLEECE BABY TOY
These cute cotton ribbon-ed rainbow plushie clouds will keep your baby happy for a while. You can make little hand-sized clouds, or large, huggable clouds for baby to sleep with.
- 6×12 inch piece of Fleece
- Black embroidery floss
- Sewing machine
- Pins and needles
- Disappearing marker
3. BABY DISCOVERY JUG
This concept of this baby toy is simple, a jug that your baby can drop objects into, and then take them out.
- Simply cut off the top of a gallon or half a gallon milk jug so as to make the hole larger.
- Cut another larger hole on the side.
- Ensure the items baby puts in the jug are not small enough to swallow. It’s up to parents to know what size of toys are safe for their children.
4. DIY SENSORY BOARD
A visual board is a hands-on activity for Baby to learn touch and differences in texture. This baby toy is made by sticking items to a cardboard box or pre-cut wood from the hardware store.
- A basic wooden board
- Cable clips
- Self-drilling screws
- Several different items with different textures (a mirror,carpet scraps,door stop,chain,door knob,latch,belt,sliding tighteners for backpacks,ribbons, etc.)
Securely attach the items on the board and let baby play.
5. RAINBOW SENSORY BOTTLE/MUSIC SHAKER
These baby bottle toys will provide baby with stimuli and are perfect for exploration by a toddler. They also make a fun musical instrument for your baby.
- Clean plastic bottle with lid
- Rainbow colored pompoms
- A handful of rice
- Rainbow colored ribbons
Use the screw driver to create a hole in the bottle top. Thread the ribbons through the hole and secure them with a knot. Fill the bottle with the rest of the items. Close bottle securely.
6. SCRAP FABRIC BUNNY
This cute baby toy bunny takes an hour to make and only requires some scrap fabric. (You could also use an old shirt, dress or jeans.)
- Scrap fabric
- Thread and needle or sewing machine
- Permanent marker to draw face
Download the fabric bunny pattern here.
7. DIY WOOD BABY GYM
This cute wood baby gym is easy to make and folds away when not in use.
- Pine board
- Leather lace
- Wood dowel – 3/4” diameter
- Wood rings
- Table saw
- Wooden beads
- Miter box
- Wood glue
- Power planer
- Belt sander
Cut your board to width for legs using the table saw – 1 3/4” wide.
Cut boards to length using miter box – 26.5”.
Then cut dowel to length using miter box – 25.5”.
Clean the saw marks off the edge of the board using planer (or use sandpaper).
Use a circle template to mark the ends of the legs for rounding the corners. Measure and mark where the dowel hole will go at the top of the legs – 7/8” in and 7/8” down.
Drill hole for dowel using 3/4” drill bit – drill all the way through for the two inside legs, drill only part way through in the two outside legs. Make sure dowel fits through holes. Round over the ends of legs using the belt sander. Sand all the pieces as needed.
Put the inside legs on the dowel. Add wood glue to outside leg dowel holes. Clamp together making sure the legs stay square with the dowel. Once the glue is dry, remove the clamps.
Drill holes in all four legs, down 11” from the top, centered, just being sure that the hole is big enough for the leather lace to fit through. Tie a knot in the leather lace, feed it through the holes, tying off on the other side. Repeat with the other leg. With the legs spread apart, drill three holes in the dowel, one in the center and then 5.5” apart.
Thread wooden rings/beads onto leather lace, leaving a long piece of leather on the ends. Feed the end of lace through the dowel hole and securely knot.
8. TUGGING BOX
If you give a child a box of tissues, in no time they’ll all be on the floor, this is part of the learning process. This tugging box taps into that and will provide Baby with something to entertain himself with.
- Sticky tape
- Cardboard box
- Various lengths of ribbon / pipe cleaner/ felt
- Paint if you want to color the box
Leave a few holes vacant and provide baby with some pipe cleaners to put through the holes. This will help baby develop hand-eye coordination.
9. BABY’S FIRST BOOK
Cloth books can be simple and beautiful regardless of your sewing skills so don’t be intimidated.
Find out how to make this cloth book for your baby here.
10. GLOVE MONSTERS
If you’re like most people, you own two or three single gloves you don’t know what to do with. Follow the easy instructions below and turn them into fun glove monsters for your kids to play with.
- Sewing machine/needle and thread
- Buttons or felt for embellishing
Find the glove monster tutorial here
11. BABY RAINSTICKS
These sticks are great for babies to turn shake and roll.
Find out how to make them and what you need here.
12. FELT BOOK OF SHAPES
This book is fairly rudimentary and is made using needle and thread.
- Different colored pieces of felt
- Needle and thread
Find the tutorial here.
13. ALPHABET MONSTER
Help Baby Learn the alphabet by feeding this monster made from a re-purposed baby wipes container and some bottle caps.
- Plastic baby wipes container
- 1-inch stickers
- Bottle caps
Would you like to make your alphabet monster? Go here!
14. BABY PLAY SENSORY BAG
The safety of your baby should always be the foremost concern. This toy requires you give your baby a plastic bag with tiny items in it; supervise at all times and don’t let baby put it in his mouth.
- Gallon size ziplock freezer bag
- Hair gel
- Duct tape
- Plastic frogs or other filler for the bag (nothing sharp that will poke the bag)
Find the tutorial here.
15. RIBBON WANDS
Your little girl is going to love these ribbon wands, but that’s not to say that boys can’t play with them either. They take about 25 minutes to make.
- Wood dowel
- Eye hook
- Key ring and grommet
- Sandpaper and paint for the handle. (spray paint works)
Find the tutorial here.
What do you think of our DIY baby toys? Which of them would you make?
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