DIY Pom Pom Rug

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GOAL -Make TUMMY TIME an adventure for my twin buddies. Create different ways for the babies to explore their new world. Build their gross motor and fine motor skills. I started researching different ways to make tummy time fun.

This was my first tummy time inspired creation a DIY POM POM RUG.  95 Pom Poms later and WE HAVE A RUG. Or shall I say we have a runner – LOL.

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Make at least 90 Pom Poms. I suggest purchasing heavy duty scissors otherwise cutting through several layers of yarn is difficult.
  2. Attach the Pom Poms on the liner by using the tie off strings
  3. Do a running stitch through all of the pom poms
  4. Trim the back of the rug
  5. Enjoy your new tummy time rug

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It is super soft  a cool activity mat I am confident the girls are going to love.  Happy Crafting! 

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Straw Drop

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DIY Straw Drop

Drop games are a great way for children to work on their problem solving skills not to mention it develops their fine motor skills as well.  If you are looking  for more drop activities check out Pom Pom Drop and Eyeball Drop. Here how to make one for your Straw Drop Game.

Supplies

  • Plastic Container
  • Plastic Straws
  • Hole Puncher

Instructions

  1. Using the hole puncher, begin to make holes around the brim of the lid
  2. Cut the straws into varying sizes
  3. Place the lid back on the container
  4. Begin to play Straw Drop by placing the straws in the holes.
    • For younger children, you will need to practice the skill a few times so the child could eventually mimic the skill.

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DIY Ribbon Tugging Toy

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DIY Ribbon Pulling Toy

This toy might look FUNNY but my buddy loved pulling all the ribbons and swinging it from side to side.  It is super easy and inexpensive to make. Another cool fine motor skills game for infants.

Supplies:

  • Plastic Container
  • Ribbons
  • Scissor or Exacto Knife

Instructions:

  1. Puncture the sides of the  plastic container
  2. Thread the ribbon from one side of the container to the opposite side
  3. Tie knots at the end of the ribbons
  4. Place the lid and the container and play

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DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

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Play time with infants is often a little on the quiet side and a lot of repetitive motions to discover their world. Around 6 months infants will start reaching and grabbing for items. Taggy toys encourage infants to develop their pincher grasp and learn how to pick up items. Find

I used Purl Bee Soho Beach Ball free pattern. You can make three different sizes (small, medium or large). The photo above is a medium size ball. In order to make the ball a taggy you will need to add ribbons.

DIY Halloween Taggy Ball

Supplies 

  • 1/4 of yard of fabric of your choice
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Poly-Fil Fiberfill

Instructions:

  1. Cut out the 8 spheres
  2. Cut 4  ribbons 6 inches long
  3. Fold the ribbon in half and pin the edges to the right side of a sphere.
  4. Tact or base stitch the ribbon to the sphere.
  5. Take a pair of spheres, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere.
  6. Repeat step 5 for the remaining 3 pairs of spheres. You should have four 2 panel spheres now.
  7. Next take a pair of 2 panel sphere panels, place them right sides together and sew along one side of the sphere. You should have a two  4 panel spheres now.
  8. Put together the 4 panel spheres right sides together.
  9. Sew one side of the sphere together
  10. For the last side of the sphere, you will sew it together leaving an opening you can turn the ball inside out.
  11. Turn the ball inside out and begin stuffing it with the fiberfill. Make sure to make the ball firm.
  12. Top stitch the opening together

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Felt Animal Puzzle

 

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Supplies:

Helpful Tips:

The felt puzzles are wonderful fine motor skills and good segue to dramatic play. The children can also practice the sounds each of the animals make.

I take my puzzles to many babysitting gigs and they are always a HIT.  I would suggest when making the puzzle pieces to use a heavy heat bond fusion fabric to help maintain the shape.

 

 

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Eyeball Ping Pong Drop Game

 

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Another wonderful Dollar Tree find were the Eyeball Ping Pong Balls. They were located in the Halloween section.  Immediately I thought – what a cool fine motor skill game for toddlers and preschool age children that I work with.  I also discovered infants like to make noise with the container and pick up the ping pongs.

Here are the steps to make your own Eyeball Ping Pong Drop game:

Supplies:

  1. Trace a circle in the center on the lid of the plastic container.
  2. Cut out the circle using either an exacto knife or a sharp pair of scissors.
  3. Arrange the stickers on top of the lid.
  4. Trace the inner circle of the lid.
  5.  Cut out two lid size clear contact paper circles.
  6. Place the clear contact paper circles on each side of the lid.
  7. At the center of the lid there should be a clear covered hole. You will need to cut out the clear inner contact paper circle to allow the eyeball ping pongs to go through the top.
  8. Place the eyeballs into the container.
  9. Place the lid back on the container.

How to Play the Game:

  • Take the eyeball ping pongs out of the container.
  • Allow the child to place the eyeballs into the holes.
    • For infants or toddlers you will need to model the skill a few times before they catch on. Infants may want to shake the container to listen to the noise the ping pongs make.
    • For preschool children you can practice counting numbers as they drop the ping pongs in the hole.

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