DIY Sensory Toys for Toddlers !


There is no shortage of toys in our house, yet our daughter usually seems more interested in pulling the wipes out of the container, or emptying out anything she can get her chubby little hands on.  She’s becoming more and more curious by the day.  She studies things very closely to see what they look like and how they move.  It’s almost as if you can see the wheels turning in that little head of hers!  She loves touching everything to see what if feels like and banging stuff together to hear the sound it makes.

Children learn so much through play and exploring their environment.  You can provide your little one with the visual and tactile sensory input they crave with these 5 easy to make toys.  The best part is, these sensory toys are inexpensive to make and you probably already have most of the materials around your home.

My daughter has a tag blanket that she loves playing with, so I figured she would enjoy this toy just as much.  All you do is poke a few holes in an empty can or tin and run some ribbon through.  Be sure to knot the ribbon at the ends so they don’t pull through the hole.


Here’s a view of inside the can.

I tried to use different size ribbons with different textures.  Other things like rope, or pieces of fabric would work well too.

This simple toy provides endless amounts entertainment!  Pretty much any box will do for this one.  I used a box cutter to make slots in the top of the box and glued some left over scrapbook paper to the inside.

Once again, you can use all kinds of things that you already have laying around to put inside the box.  I used jar lids, blocks, and the balls from a blender bottle.  I tried to use items that were small enough to fit through the slots, but not small enough to pose a choking hazard.

These are way too easy to make.  Just fill a bottle with water and whatever else you can fit through the top.  I used glitter, beads, sequins, and little pom pom balls.

Add some tape or glue around the cap to make sure it doesn’t leak and watch your baby shake the bottles and watch in amazement!

If your little one loves to pull the wipes out or empty the tissue box, then they are going to love this one!  Instead of throwing out that empty baby wipe container, try using it to create an entertaining game for your child.  All you need are some cut up pieces of fabric.  Place them in the container and that’s it!



Get creative and keep your baby busy!  I’ve seen quite a few elaborate busy boards floating around the internet using everything from chain locks, to light switches and more.  This is a super simple version I made using a cork-board, which made attaching the stuff really easy.

Our daughter loves playing with shoes, so I put a pair that she has outgrown on her board.  A mirror is another great addition.

If you want to get fancy, you can mount the board to the wall for a sturdier, more permanent option. We just lean ours against the wall and put it away when we aren’t using it, for now.

Toys can be great way to encourage your child’s exploration and fine motor skill development.  It’s even better when those toys are inexpensive and easy enough to make yourself!

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Written by Landyn Hively

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