Did you know that on average Americans spend more than $300 per year on toys. That's per child. I hear you, that's a lot of $$ spend on plastic (mostly).
So before you hit the toy store to buy another Toy for baby consider making one.
Don't you just adore those moments (of course you do!) when a baby laughs and giggles so hard that his eyes have tears and the hands are going up and down super fast. (I know I have see this a lot).
This homemade toy for baby is great because baby can hold it in his arm and make some noise with those bottle caps. He can pull those caps back and forth on the rope. It's very colorful and it's good to sharpen your teeth on occasionally.
Things you will need to make toy for baby:
- plastic bottle caps
- screw driver
It's basically free, isn't?
Before you start, make sure to wash and dry those bottle caps really good with warm soap water. There is a chance this toy will be going to someone's mouth.
Also check if there is not sharp edges on those bottle caps.
1. Using screwdriver make holes in the bottle caps.
2. Make sure they are bigger than the width of the rope so the caps can slide easily.
3. Tie a not at the end of the rope
4. Pile the caps on the rope.
It's that easy.
I made couple variations of this toy. One was with two ropes tied together on top and the bottoms were hanging loose and another one was made like a bracelet: one rope with tied ends together.
Experiment and be creative. There could be many variations of this toy.
It might be the very favorite toy, just because you made it with a lot of love and thought.
This is the second part of my short Homemade Toys for Baby series. Check out the 3 in 1 Homemade Baby Toy.
And the "Shaking Toy".
And if you have older kids make sure to check out my Homemade Toys category or check out my Homemade Toys for Kids Ebook.
maryanne @ mama smiles says
I find that homemade toys like these are some of my kids' favorites!
Rachel - CanDo Kiddo says
Great idea! I'll have to try this one with my little guy. And I agree whole-heartedly that babies don't require boat-loads of store-bought toys. I actually exchanged all but a few baby toys for more essential items after my baby shower (shhhh....don't tell the guests!).
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
What a great way to use up bottle caps. I'm going to try this one!
Birute Efe says
Thank you Emma! I hope you guys create a great toy!
Nick Poce says
Great Job! I'm a father of 2 children and the article really helps me to make some toys for my kids. Waiting for your next article.