She's only 7 months so I know it doesn't do much damage to spoil her now, but I've started to think I should stop buying stuff all the time. Instead I've taken to making her sensory toys. I've made a few of them lately so she has new toys every now and then. Funny thing is, she seems to like these free homemade sensory toys better than some of the fancy expensive ones! .. and they are great for babies development and lots of fun too!
This is the little Rice Shaker sensory toy I made the other day. So simple. So Fun!
What you'll need
- Food colouring
- zip lock bag (or similar)
- empty plastic bottle
- baking tray
How to do it
Step 1- Using enough rice to fill about a third of the bottle, put into a bowl with some vinegar until the rice soaks the vinegar up.
(Handy hint - The vinegar helps the rice hold onto the food colouring)
Step 2 - Spread rice out on a baking tray and leave to dry overnight or put in a very slow oven for an hour.
(Handy hint - put down some baking paper down on the tray if you have any, it saves you any washing up)
Step 3 - Put dried rice in the ziplock bag with a few drops of food colouring and shake it up.
Step 4 - The coloured rice is now ready to be put into the empty plastic bottle. Then tightly screw on the lid. I used some super-glue to make sure it couldn't be opened by little hands.
All done! It's that simple.
Trust me, your baby will love the sounds and colours, I made some in a couple of different colours and my little girl goes wild shaking it around.
Happy DIYing ;)
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