Wipes container, tissues, whatever it is, you know that babies LOVE to pull every last thing out of those little packs. All I have to do is pull the wipes container out during a diaper change and Oliver flips over and immediately tries to grab it. In order to save expensive wipes from being wasted, provide Oliver with a bit of stimulation and use up some of my fabric scraps, I decided to create an easy, cheap toy. This is so quick and simple, it’s really a stretch to even call it a tutorial! And the best part, he loves it!
- Empty wipes container or tissue box. (If the container has been used or contains any chemicals, make sure to clean and dry it thoroughly before letting baby get his hands on it.)
- Fabric Scraps – Varying colors and sizes are perfect!
1. Cut fabric into 3-4 inch wide strips. Vary the length of your different pieces but make sure the shortest is about 8 inches long.
2. Tie strips together end to end until you have a chain about 7-10 feet long.
3. Optional: If you’re using a wipes container, you can remove the lid. This will make it easier for younger babies to play with. For older babies, you may want to leave the lid on as an added challenge.
4. Stuff your fabric scarf chain into your wipe container or tissue box with one end sticking out.
5. Start by showing baby how to pull the scarf chain out then let them get to it!
Oliver has really enjoyed playing with his new toy! When Kevin came home from work and I suggested that Oliver show him his new ‘toy’, Kevin did not seem thrilled about the idea of us spending money on yet another baby toy. Once he realized this was a completely free toy and that Oliver loved it, he was a much happier daddy!
(This is a perfectly safe toy for you to use with baby. However, as with all toys, make sure you aren’t leaving baby unattended as there is a risk of strangulation.)
I hope you and your little ones enjoy this as much as we have! What other DIY ‘toys’ have you created from things found around the house?