TOYS FOR BABIES 6 MONTHS AND OLDER: 5 VERY EASY DIY IDEAS
It’s often simple things that fascinate our children; a scarf or a plastic bottle. For this new inhabitant of the Earth, these seemingly "normal" objects are much more exciting than a toy from the store. So why not build, by hand, some fantastic attractions for babies, using everyday objects and remains of what’s been left around? In this article, we’ll show you how to do it!
What’s that noise?
Maybe you've seen this in one of the courses for babies: a noise bottle. It’s easy to build. Everything you need you’ve already bought when you did your shopping at Lidl. A 0.5 litre plastic bottle; let it dry completely (it’s important to avoid creating mould!). Fill it a quarter full with fusilli or farfalle (such as Combino), or with rice (Golden Sun), obviously uncooked, or also with some coloured straws. Close well. It’s done! The noise isn’t anything special? Maybe for you. But not for the baby because this rattle offers him plenty of material for his "long-term scientific study". Give it a try!
If you want to be on the safe side, before closing the bottle, you can put a drop of non-toxic glue on the cap. That way the baby can’t open the bottle and possibly swallow the contents.
One more thing: the homemade rattle stimulates multiple senses:
Hearing: obviously, it makes noise! The different contents make different noises.
Sight: colourful contents with different shapes.
Touch: the cap and the particular shape of the bottle.
Furthermore, turning the bottle this way and that, your baby trains his grasp and motor control.
Container, lid, gone... What fun!
And now going to turn an empty cardboard box or a clean yogurt container (such as Milbona) and a couple of jar lids in a real motor skills workout. How? Here’s how: make a small incision with a box cutter in the package or in the box. The slit should be large enough to allow the jar lids to pass through. Close the box and give it to your baby. The baby will be amazed. When the lids go through the slit, they disappear into the container. Once they’re all gone, just open the box and the game begins again.
The noisy caterpillar
Since you certainly won’t lack jar lids, here are some other ideas for play. Take ten washed lids, a narrow strip of leather or other material that won’t wear out easily, a hammer and a nail. Don't worry, you don't need a degree in home improvement! With hammer and nail you just have to make a hole in each lid. Now thread the leather strip through the hole and make a tight knot right next to the hole. You should file down any sharp edges. It takes a little more effort. At the end of the strip, make another knot and the Caterpillar is ready to walk. And what a noise it makes!
A ring and discs to develop a sense of touch: wooden games to make at home
You don't have to just buy designer baby toys: You can create exciting toys with wooden spheres and a cord. Place spheres (about 2 cm diameter) on a cord and tie it to form a ring. Make sure the knot will hold well. Since you want it to be visually attractive, you can add coloured fabric between the spheres. Your masterpiece can compete with the expensive wooden rings that you find in stores and it’s an ideal birthday present.
And finally, something for touch: If you paste on wooden disks (diameter approx. 6 cm, thickness 1 cm) and various materials (Velcro, velvet, a clean dish sponge that you bought at Lidl or whatever you have on hand), you can create an engaging game to develop baby’s sense of touch.
As you can see, your house is full of interesting games. So, relax and save some money. The next time you shop at Lidl, think of what you can create with the left-over packaging. Have fun doing it yourself!