DIY Ribbon Tickle Time Baby Toy

Babies just adore having things brush over their face. A classic Baby play game that everyone has done before is to get a sheet or light scarf and throw it up over a baby letting it slowly drift down and brush over their face, or playing peek-a-boo with it - Lots of first giggles here! 
Miss Cherub loves these type of games and I love playing them with her because she giggles and smiles and coo's in excitement, she throws her arms and legs around as if she's going to take off. It is so funny to watch.

The other thing she loves doing at the moment, which shows her developing pincer grasp and fine motor skills, is to " read" the tags on any toys; carefully grabbing and inspecting with great focus the writing on tag and flicking back and forth if there is a few together. I remember Dimples doing this as a baby and I thought it was just so clever & adorable to watch. 
This DIY tag toy was made to conquer both the fun of tickle time and the sensory aspect of having soft things fall and brush over babies face and the fine motor aspect of flicking through 'tags'.

In her treasure basket shes been exploring a bunch of different materials and textures. I added this DIY taggy toy that she loves and plays with each day. It is a new favourite. 
It is a Link with ribbons tied to it. 
So easy- Make sure the link is baby safe and make sure all ribbons are double tied and of course, be aware that any long ribbons pose a strangulation hazard. I recommend always supervising and interacting with the baby as they play, its a great opportunity to foster a connection through play and watch them imitate you and learn through play. 

I limited the ribbons to about 10-15 cm long and I tried to find a variation of ribbons. 
Different colours, widths, textures, patterns, sizes and styles of ribbons make an interesting toy to explore. 
Miss Cherub had such a great time with it. She shook it and pulled it apart, swung it around, put it over her own head and then slowed down inspecting each ribbon in details, trying to grasp the ends and pull them into individual lengths, she passed it back and forth in her hands watching the way the ribbons fell. 
It was all so interesting time after time.

Peek-a-boo Baby!
We also used it as a tickle toy while she is both sitting and laying down; While Miss Cherub was sitting i put it over her head and she tensed as it tickled the back of her neck, she giggled and tried looking around. Her facial expressions were so funny to watch.
While she was laying she fluttered her eyes as it gently brushed over her face, then she was excited and kicking around in anticipation waiting for it to fall again. Lots of fun.

Baby Learning Concepts:
Sensory Play
Developing Pincer grasp
Fine motor skills
Exploring different colours, texture, patterns and size ribbons
Laughter & fun in play

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  1. Firstly, those photo are super cute. I could help smiling at that toothy grin. So adorable!

    Secondly, this is such a lovely idea. You can find such different textures and patterns on ribbons. It just works!

  2. Sometimes I wonder if we need to ever buy our babies even one single toy? I think probably not... especially not when you can make gorgeous and useful items like yours for very little cost at all and the kids will get so much more out of them. :)

  3. That is a wonderful idea. I agree with Deborah, most often the most loved toy is one that is so simple. I'll have to remember this one when baby no. 2 comes along.

  4. This looks like so much fun - pinning it :)

  5. Super cute! And easy to do... Thanks for sharing!

  6. My little Sarah loved playing with her ribbons too :) Actually they still love them. I agree with Debs too, these are the most perfect toys for babies.

  7. What a great idea. I'll be making this for Baby Ike

  8. Lovely idea Nae! :) Ribbons and babies just seem to go together! She's gorgeous!

  9. Looks like she is having lots of fun! My kids loved ribbons like this when they were babies, and now they play with their ribbon wands in different ways.

  10. What a great idea. This would be perfect for using up all the ribbons from the baby shower gifts!

  11. Great minds think alike! I recently made these when I saw them at Gymbaroo. So great for young babies especially! Love it.

  12. Wish I'd thought of this when my kids were babies! So easy to make and perfect for little ones :-)

  13. So cute! We did this with feathers and other sensory fabrics too. Babies love it :)

  14. Thanks for sharing this great idea! I'm trying to gather a bunch of baby learning ideas before my new baby gets here. :)



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