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Here it is, my first craft post!!
I have wanted to do a crafty post for a while now but haven’t quite known what to do. However, I saw this Baby Sensory Hoop idea on Pinterest by Jamie from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things and was super inspired to make one myself for Hudson!
I will admit I am good at getting inspired, going out and buying all my supplies (plus way more than needed), getting them home then never doing anything about it, however, within two weeks this little baby is complete!
I had fun making this sensory hoop as it hardly needed any planning, I had most of the supplies already, it didn’t take too long and is totally flexible and forgiving in it’s design.
The main idea behind the sensory hoop is that it is a fun area for your little one to lie or sit in and have a variety of different colours, textures, sounds and noises all within reach.
If your interested in Sensory Play for your child then also check out my Little Learners Messy Play Review
You can make the sensory hoop, whatever colours you want and the little additions you add on such as toys or ribbons can be completely interchangeable.
I decided I wanted the hoop itself to be quite simple and pretty so that once Hudson grows too big for it then I can possibly hang it as a decorative piece in his bedroom.
As I covered the hoop and added the ribbons I thought about ways in which I could add the interchangeable pieces later. This meant adding some hooks and loops and snap fasteners as I went.
As I said, the sensory hoop doesn’t need too much planning. Also, have a look around the house at what you might have already that you can decorate it with, what you might want to add and what you need to get.
What you will need to make a Sensory Hoop:
Mine has rice inside so it makes a noise when you move it.
Fabric Scraps, Ribbons and Wool.
Shops such as Dunelm will have bundles of fabric offcuts that you can buy.
Have a think about what colour theme you might like. Also, consider some fabrics of different textures such as shiny, bumpy or silky.
Scissors and Sticky Tape
Snap Fasteners and Snap Fastener Pliers
A couple of toys to attach
Just be mindful of what is suitable. Be careful of anything that could be a choking hazard and make sure no strands of ribbon or wool are left too long in length.
There are no real instructions on how to do this. I found it easiest to use the larger pieces of fabric to cover the bulk of the hoop first and then use the smaller ribbons or wool to fill in the gaps, cover the ends and pretty it up!
To secure the fabric, ribbon or wool to the hoop I just used some sticky tape and then wound the wool over the top (or over itself if needed) to cover the tape. Then, to finish the last ones I simply knotted them or plaited them together.
If you have any questions about how I made mine then please ask below!
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