If you’re someone who enjoys doing crafts your baby might already have lots of toys you’ve made yourself. After all, there are many different baby toys that any regular person can create without much effort. A baby can never really have too many toys; babies get bored and grow constantly, meaning they easily cast off the old toys and long for new ones. You can give your baby a brand new toy today without going shopping. This toy is unusual but will grab your baby’s attention right away!
Use a cardboard box to create a fun way for your baby to spend his or her time. The perfect box is one that’s squared. The cube-shaped box, ideally, will have an attached flap for a lid. If you don’t have such a box you’ll find paper mache boxes at any craft store. They’re cheap and perfect for making the new baby toy.
The box you turn into a toy will be made with windows so the baby can peer inside. You’ll need to decide on what he or she will see inside the box. You can use a small, stuffed animal, a large foil ball, a big jingle bell, a rubber ball or another item. Place the object inside the box and shut the lid. It’s a good idea to tape or glue the lid shut.
Wrap the entire box with fabric or decorative paper. Wrap it as you would a gift but use non-toxic glue to hold the wrapper in place. Now decide on the pattern you want to make for the box. Make circles, long ovals, stars or other shapes. Draw these shapes on each side of the box, including the lid. Make vertical and/or horizontal rows of the chosen shape. The shapes should be large so the baby can easily look through them and see the object inside. At the same time, the shapes should be small enough where the baby can’t reach inside and small enough so that the toy can’t come out.
After drawing the shapes on use a sharp knife to cut them out. It might be necessary to add a little glue around the openings to ensure the cloth or paper is well-attached to the cut areas. Your baby will love picking up the box by holding onto the openings. He or she will also love looking inside, shaking and rattling the box toy, and throwing it around. Small babies can’t easily damage the box but larger kids can. Should the box become damaged, take the toy out, and make another box! It’s fun, easy and will keep your baby entertained for hours!