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Your little darling was born recently or you would like to give a mother-to-be a nice and practical present? Then a DIY play arch or a sensory hula hoop would be just the thing. Although a small baby does not need much activity in the first 2-3 months and handrims, rattles and the like are completely sufficient, the situation changes very quickly. Because from the 3rd month of life, the little ones crave more and more attention and need much more exciting activities that promote their motor skills, color perception and hearing. Therefore, toys and constructions that rattle, rustle and glitter are very important and especially recommended. Rough textures, which train the baby's sense of touch, are also of great importance.
Today we have two very simple DIY ideas ready for you that are very suitable for babies from the 3rd month. In any case, combine this with a snuggly soft, well-insulating base, such as a sheepskin or a high-quality crawling or adventure blanket. Make sure you use non-toxic substances and materials. Have fun making it yourself and even more playing or giving it away!
DIY wooden play arch
Materials and tools:
- 2 pieces of standard quality pine (42mm wide x 19mm thick x 1.2m long)
- 1 piece dowel for crossbar (16mm thick would be ideal, but you can use any thickness between 10mm and 20mm depending on your preference)
- Electric Drill
- Spade drill - should correspond to the size of the dowel width
- Cord (e.g. rat tail)
- Wooden beads, toys, hoop earrings, bells and other decorative pieces
- Your choice of brush and color
Choose a soft, well-insulated base for the toy bow
And this is how it's done:
- Cut the pieces of wood in half and the ends in at an angle of 15 degrees (therefore they lie flush on the floor and give the arch/trapeze more stability).
- Stand two pieces of wood and cross them at the top forming a tipi shape. Use your pencil to mark where the timbers overlap.
- Find the center of the overlapping spot and mark it with the pencil. Pre-drill a hole with a regular drill bit, then use the spade bit to drill out the hole where the dowel/crossbar will go.
- Repeat this step for each piece of wood.
- Optional: If you wish, you can paint the wooden parts white or in a color that suits your child's room. Alternatively, you can use masking tape to create a clean edge and just paint the tops of the pieces of wood. Or you can leave your DIY play arch natural.
- Drill a small hole 25cm from the base of each wooden board for you to thread your string through to give the play bar extra stability (this will prevent it from falling on the baby!).
- Assemble your play arch by placing two pieces of wood on each end and threading your dowel/crossbar through.
- Insert the string through the two holes on the wooden legs on each side of the play arch and tie a double knot to secure.
- Then simply pull the string over the dowel and feed in the beads or other play elements one by one. Finish with a double knot, leaving 1cm of excess cord to prevent it from unraveling. Speaking of which: Babies love to chew on the ribbon!
Sensory hula hoop as an alternative to the play bow
- A Hula Hoop
- 1 skein of yarn
- Cloth Ribbons
- Pompom Garland
- Feather Boa
- Plush Toys
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pool Noodle
- Coarse Fabric
Of course you can also try it out with other materials
And this is how easy it is done:
You can create this sensory hula hoop very easily and super quickly. You hardly need instructions, just the photo itself. Because it's a super intuitive DIY idea. Namely, you tie all the materials to the tires one by one and make sure that these cannot be detached from the baby.
Babies love to chew on threads and fabric ribbons
Only use high-quality, harmless materials for the DIY hula hoop
Just let your creativity run wild!