A piece of foam doesn’t sound like a really exciting toy for a baby, does it? However, if you make craft foam into toys a baby will have hours of pleasure. Foam baby toys aren’t very expensive but it’s much more fun to make them yourself. It’s really easy to make a huge assortment of foam toys for baby without spending much money at all. And, instead of having to settle for the foam toys you find at the store you can make ones you never see on the store shelves.
You’ll find foam in a huge variety of types and colors at any craft store. The foam is sold by the sheet, by the pack, and even already cut into shapes. They sell glittery types, neon colors, pastels, holiday colors and much more. It makes it simple to create most any type of foam toy you desire. Any baby would love the unique toys but they can also be used to decorate an older child’s room.
Often, when it comes to precut shapes, you’ll see that most craft stores offer only small shapes. If you can find large shapes of foam that are already cut you can easily assemble many toys in no time. Choose several of the same shapes then stack them and glue them together. Use most any non-toxic glue – except hot glue – to glue the shapes.
If you can’t find large foam shapes, and you’re willing to cut them yourself, you’ll find it’s really easy. Draw shapes freehand or use something like coloring book pictures as patterns. Cut out puppies, kitten shapes, vehicles, giant flowers and similar images. Trace around them on the foam then cut out several shapes of the same size. You don’t have to use all the same color for each shape but each shape must be exactly the same size as the others.
Glue two shapes together, apply glue to the top one, then attach the next shape. Do this until the shape is as thick as you want it to be. The lightweight toys are easy for baby to pick up and play with – even teeth on. There are no points or edges that can hurt a baby so make many of the fun toys. You can enhance the look of the finished toy by using paint markers or magic markers to draw eyes, noses and other features. For an older child, glue on wiggly eyes, pom-pom nose and similar things. The fun foam toys are nice to present to someone who is having a new baby, too!