DIY Rainbow Ribbon Tactile Mobile

I am always trying to observe my children and make or create interesting work for them that meets their needs. Some of you recently saw Augustus' new tactile mobile in his prepared play space and asked what it was. So, I thought I would share a little bit more about our DIY Rainbow Ribbon Tactile Mobile

A DIY tactile mobile for babies. This easy rainbow ribbon mobile can be made in 20 minutes and keep babies entertained and engaged!

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Gus loves to chew on fabric, much like Nora did around his age. The difference is that we propped Nora to sit so she could sit on her own by this point. By sitting we were able to offer her small treasure baskets, one of which was a small basket of fabric to explore. Since Augustus is no where near sitting, I had to create another way to allow him focused exploration of fabric. 




Then, it occurred to me that I could do a tactile mobile! Once I gathered my supplies, this mobile literally took me 20 minutes to complete and has been an instant hit! 

To Make This Tactile Mobile 

  • Ribbon -- You will need a bunch or ribbon or fabric scraps. I went with ribbon {7 small spools}, because I knew I wanted a rainbow pattern. But, you could do anything you have.
  • Embroidery Hoop -- any size you want, but with inner and outer hoops
  • Elastic -- to hang 
Once you have your supplies, cut all the ribbon to a similar length. I just eyeballed it, but made sure to cut them long enough that they would be interesting, even after being tied. Next, take the inner hoop  and one of the pieces of ribbon and start to attach the ribbon. 


To attach, fold the ribbon in half to make a loop. Then, place the loop around the hoop and pull the loose ends of the ribbon through the loop. It will then be loosely attached to the hoop. Continue with all the other ribbon until the hoop is covered. Once the ribbon is attached, place the outer hoop on top and secure. Use elastic to hang, so that it can be pulled to your baby's mouth! 

A DIY tactile mobile for babies. This easy rainbow ribbon mobile can be made in 20 minutes and keep babies entertained and engaged!

And, that's it! Seriously, so easy and so fun! Have you ever made a tactile mobile for your baby? Does your baby like to explore fabric? 

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