DIY sensory board

Activities & Days Out / 28 February, 2018 / Nanny Anita

DIY Sensory Board for Babies and Toddlers

The majority of BB’s toys and activities that I do with him are sensory based ones. His mind is like a little sponge, learning about the world we live in. The latest toy that I have made for him is a DIY sensory board. Although I like to let him discover things without me directing his attention to certain things, this is perfect for letting him discover on his own while I start introducing him to the names of colours and textures.

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You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Lids off of baby wipes
  • Acrylic Paint (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Different things to hide under the lids*
  • Hot glue gun

*I used things like Pom poms, craft sticks, ribbons, fabric, buttons etc

DIY sensory board

When I had collected enough lids I scrubbed the labels off. Obviously you don’t have to do this. When all the labels were off I painted them white. I also painted the cardboard white as well and decorated it with washi tape.

DIY sensory board

Glue the lids into place on the cardboard. On the inside of them glue your different objects. For some of the items I glued them down first (like the ribbons) and the put the lid on top.

Finally I used the hot glue gun to decorate the tops of the lids, creating another sensory experience, before painting over them.

DIY sensory board

When I first gave this to BB it became clear quite quickly that him scratching at the lids would cause the paint to chip. After he had finished playing with it I gave each lid a final going over with some Mod Podge to seal it.

DIY sensory board

At the moment BB finds opening the lids difficult, therefore whenever I give it to him I make sure that the lids are open, but not completely pushed back. That way he can still feel the lids and push them open.

With this sort of toy it is really important to check it over for loose items before giving it to your little one to play with. The pom poms and buttons used can quite easily become a chocking hazard for them if they do manage to pull them off.

If you liked this DIY sensory board be sure to check out my peek-a-boo toy and mess free painting activity.

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Make a simple DIY sensory board using old lids from baby wipes and a few craft supplies. You baby or toddler is sure to enjoy exploring all the different textures of it.

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