Activities & Days Out / 28 September, 2017 / Nanny Anita
I do love making DIY toys from things that I have lying around at work. One item that we have many of is formula tins. BB is on special formula and for some reason they seem to sell this in tiny tins that only lasts about 2-3 days. This time I thought it would be nice to make BB something that he can pull things out of. One thing I have noticed over my years of being a nanny is that babies and children like to pull things out and post them (that will be my next DIY toy). Hence the ribbon pull toy to help develop his fine motor stills.
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You don’t need to use a formula tin to make this, any sort of container or box would work.
Start by making holes around your container. The downside of using a tin to make a DIY ribbon pull toy is that it is really hard to make holes all over it. I have only managed to make holes in the lid. Which means when he has pulled them to the end I have to open the tin and pull them back.
Choose your ribbons and cut different lengths of it.
Next thread your ribbon through the holes. If you can thread the ribbon from one side to the other and tie off each end so that it doesn’t get pulled out. If you can’t do that (like mine) then thread it through the lid but make sure you still tie off both ends.
You could also add a few bells to the ribbon on the inside so that it makes a noise when it is pulled.
Depending on what you are using you may want to decorate it first or last (if you want to decorate it at all). If you are making holes all over it then I would recommend decorating it first. If not then you could do it last.
This is wonderful toy to help start developing those fine motor skills. BB loves his ribbon pull toy. He is still working on pulling some of the ribbons out, but he loves to play with the ribbon that is sticking out.
He also thinks it makes a pretty awesome drum.
If you liked this ribbon pull toy then be sure to check out some of my other DIY toys like my family memory game, LEGO Ker-plunk, geoboard, and peek-a-boo toy.
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