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4 Easy Homemade Baby Toys

Updated on April 7, 2014

Make Homemade Toys for Babies

My son is nearly 6 months old and so far we have made some great homemade baby toys. I've learned that you don't have to spend lots and lots of money on buying lots of toys and it is so easy to make fascinating homemade toys. You can have a wide variety of toys just by using many household objects. This article details how you can make:

Homemade rattles

Homemade teethers

Homemade treasure boxes for babies

Homemade baby puppets

The best thing about all these homemade toys is that they are easy and take very little effort on your part.

Read on for details of how to make homemade baby toys.

Baby girl photo by Timeless Photography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Homemade baby rattle
Homemade baby rattle

Homemade rattle

This is how you make a homemade rattle.

Find a small, clear plastic container.

Fill it with rice and pasta.

Put the lid on.

Your baby will love looking at all the pasta and rice moving inside the container.

See my homemade rattle opposite.

Homemade Teethers

Firstly a serious point! Always supervise your baby when using a homemade teether! And don't use any objects which have loose parts!

Babies can use a baby toothbrush as a first teether. This has the added benefit of introducing your baby to a toothbrush so they get used to it before you start brushing their teeth.

Here are some more articles on homemade teethers:

Take the bite out of teething with this homemade teether idea

Make a homemade teething biscuit in 60 seconds

Fruit and Vegetable Teethers

Make a baby teether with a kid's sock

Homemade Treasure boxes

A good play activity for your baby is a homemade treasure box. Fill a box (it can be any box - a medium size cardboard box is good) with lots of objects for baby's to delve into and explore. If you don't have a box you can use a basket or other container. You can use lots of homemade objects. They can include the homemade toys that have already been featured. Use objects with a variety of different textures, colors and sizes. Other ideas include:

Wooden spoon Sponge, washcloth Materials with different textures - fuzzy socks, woolly gloves, cotton vest Small mirror Tin with a lid - you could fill it with rice or pasta like the homemade rattle for a different sound Soft make up brush Packet of unopened wipes - my baby loves the crinkly sound of the packet of wipes

Homemade Baby Puppets

Young and old babies love watching puppets. You can use them to put on little puppet shows for your baby. Hide behind the sofa and pop up the puppet for your baby to see. Make noises when the puppet pops up to attract and hold their attention. Or simply hide it behind your back and pop it out for baby to see.

Baby puppets can be made quickly and easily out of materials around the house. To make a simple homemade puppet:

Use a sock - if possible make it as bright and as colorful. Put your hand inside and you have a readymade puppet.

As an additional step you can draw on big eyes, nose and a mouth with a pen. This works well if you have a white sock (see my attempt opposite - okay it's not that great but my son liked it which is the main thing) . Or use googly eyes which you can stick on with glue (If you do this make sure you don't leave baby alone with the sock as there is a risk the eyes may fall off - which can be dangerous!) Or you could use felt pieces and sew them on for a puppet face. Babies love faces so make the features big and bold!

Of course, you can also use soft toys as puppets for a puppet show too!

Wooden spoon - another really quick idea is to use a wooden spoon. Get a marker pen and draw on a face for an instant character. If you want to get creative, use pipe cleaners or tape for hair but make sure babies don't get their hands on it.

Photo courtesty of CD (Creative commons / Flickr.com)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This Is Great Adivce! :)

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      giovi64 lm 4 years ago

      Pretty useful lens.

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      CoolBabyStuff 4 years ago

      Homemade baby toys can help you save money and bind with your baby. Great ideas!

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      tntkik lm 4 years ago

      I still got my baby toothbrush... It was tough to get it back from my mom when I left home...lol.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      I make baby crinkles...just like a bean bag but I fill them with cellophane instead of beans. I also make baby blocks with plastic canvas and yarn. I put a bell inside each one too.