I gathered this list of DIY Toys for Babies for a good reason.
Did you know that babies are learning more in the first 3 years then during the rest of their lives? This is a very busy time for them.
There are a lot of “windows of opportunity” where they develop certain behaviors. The best way to stimulate the brain is through play at this age. Of course, toys are perfect.
But don’t rush to the toy store just yet. You can make toys for your baby yourself.
This list of DIY toys is categorized by the developmental skills. Most of the toys are made from household items which makes them even more awesome.
Fun DIY Toys for babies
- A perfect craft for your older child and a super fun homemade baby toy for your 1 year old baby. Your toddler will be very excited to make something that his baby sibling will love.
- 3 in 1 DIY baby toy will serve its purpose for sure. So many ways to play with it and so easy to make it.
- This DIY baby shaking toy will take you only 2 minutes to make. Most likely you have everything you need at home to make it.
- This snowflake toy for baby will entertain him for quite a while. Maybe enough time for your to make dinner.
- Easy to make drum set for your baby.
- This recycled DIY baby toy can make a great gift.
- Teach them early about traffic with this DIY traffic light. It changes colors too.
- Your baby will stare at this for a while. It’s 2 ingredient glitter water bottle toy. You have to make it.
- Let your baby become a musician with these awesome homemade musical instruments.
- Watch your baby be amazed by these tubular cardboard bells.
- Make this cute rattle drum for your baby.
- In case your baby has a slight obsession of unrolling things (toilet paper roll for example) this baby play station will be perfect.
- Stick and unstick. These Velcro craft sticks could be played with for hours.
- If you don’t feel like making a toy just set up a treasure basket. Your baby will be as happy.
DIY Toys for Motor Play
- Let your baby play independently with this toy that will help with fine motor skills.
- Help your baby with his motor skills with these super simple diy toys. There are 4 of them.
- DIY wire with beads toy. It’s classic but loved by many babies.
- Feeding a hungry monster toy is so easy to make, yet will be played with for hours. Easy to pack too.
- Let your baby sort the lids with this recycled toy.
- Make buttons for homemade elevator.
- Surprise discovery Jug. So easy to make.
- Watch a lot of buckling and unbuckling happening with this DIY buckle toy. Your baby probably won’t be able to do this right away, but towards toddler years he will get much better.
Educational/Quiet soft books
- Have any extra toilet paper rolls and maybe some paper towel rolls? You got yourself a color stacking toy for your baby.
- Montessori inspired wooden color toy.
- Make baby drool proof book. Actually it’s very cool because it will teach your baby about his body parts.
- Another great (and gorgeous) quiet book for a baby. No sewing needed!
DIY sensory toys
- All you need to know about sensory bottles.
- I adore this baby sensory bag. So easy to make, yet it’s so beneficial and fun for the baby.
- Genius idea turning regular blocks into texture blocks.
- I wish I had seen this when my kids were babies. I would have definitely made these sensory boards. These are the best.
- Teach your baby about different animals while he is touching this awesome animal textured sensory board.
- Individual textured cards is an alternative to textured boards.
- Few scraps of different fabric and your got yourself a perfect baby sensory board.
DIY Soft toys. Sewing needed.
- I bet your baby will not let this taggie blanket go for some time.
- Such a cute idea! Start teaching early with these felt stuffed toy letters.
- Tell me who wouldn’t love this baby fabric lovey? It’s so adorable.
- Oh, the things you can make from socks. Follow easy tutorial to make this sock animal rattle.
- Balls are always fun for babies. How about making one from fabric? This fabric ball would be safe enough for your baby to play with.
- Another great DIY toy for babies from socks. A sock snake!
IMPORTANT. These are all DIY toys. Nothing tested or inspected of course. Make your own judgments on whether it’s safe for your child to play with it. And if you do, please don’t leave your child unattended.
Just in case you still wonder what to do with your baby, here some some great links:
Activities for babies.
24 ways to develop play with baby.
How to keep baby occupied all day.