DIY Friday- Baby Hula Hoop Sensory Toy & Discovery Bucket (Dollar Store Finds)

It’s time to be creative! This week I am featuring a DIY sensory toy that is versatile for many ages, 2 months-1 year. Here’s why moms will love it: it’s cheap, easy, engaging, unique, AND helps to promote tummy time! (We all know that can be a challenge) Okay, did I get you hooked?

{Baby Hula Hoop Sensory Toy}

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I created this with a friend when Johnny was about 5 months old. I wish I did it earlier because he loves it, and tummy time became more enjoyable for him. Johnny is 8 months now, and he still loves playing with it! You can purchase all the items at the Dollar Tree or your local Wal-Mart. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to make this, I swear anyone can complete this DIY project!

{Materials}

  • hula hoop
  • 1 roll of yarn
  • tape (any kind is fine)
  • scissors
  • sesnsory items: I literally went to the Dollar Store and walked down the aisles touching everything! If it felt fun, and was safe I put it in my cart and bought it! Here is what I purchased, but you can definitely include any other sensory items you may find.
    • luffas
    • sponge balls
    • pipe cleaners
    • velcro
    • ribbon/bows
    • any type of material: felt, silk
    • pool noodle
    • pin wheel

{Steps}

  1. lay out all the supplies where you will have easy access to them
  2. start with your hula hoop, yarn, and tape
  3. take the end of the yarn and tape it to any spot on the hoola hoop
  4. start wrapping the yarn around the hula hoop
  5. start adding the sensory items on the hula hoop by taping it then wrapping the yarn around (I used tape just for extra support)
  6. once you are done adding sensory items tape the end of the yarn down and make sure it is secure

That’s it! Have fun and involve your little one in creating it! Johnny enjoyed sitting with me and touching the items as I was placing them on the hula hoop! Your little one is going to love this!

Here is Johnny playing with it at 8 months. He likes to sit up and he also lays on his stomach to practice his crawling. He’s so close!

Moving onto DIY Discovery Bucket! This one is even easier and Johnny loves it! It’s more of a fun game for your little one.

{Discovery Bucket}

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{Materials}

You can use anything that is safe to put in the bucket! Kitchen items work well too! Here are the items I used:

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  • bucket
  • scarf
  • pin wheel
  • harmonica
  • funny glasses
  • clapping hands
  • play doh
  • small squeeze ball

{Steps}

  1. place all the items in the bucket
  2. to play have your little one sitting in a high chair or on the floor
  3.  shake the bucket and sing the song “What’s In The Bucket?” It goes to the rhythm of “Oh My Darling”
    • What’s in the bucket? What’s in the bucket?  What’s in the (say the color of the bucket) blue blue blue bucket? What’s in the bucket? What’s in the bucket? What’s in the blue blue blue bucket?
  4. Then have your little one put their hand in it and pull something out (you may have to help them a little)
  5. Describe that item to them and have fun playing with it!
  6. Repeat the process

Here are some other ways you can use it:

  • place it on the floor in the morning and have them crawl to the items and discover them
  • keep it in the kitchen and have your little one play with it while in the high chair if you are cooking dinner

I hope you found this to be something fun and entertaining for your little one! Enjoy!

Happy Creating!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Wife, Happy Mama, Happy Life

~Mrs. Morehouse


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