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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

DIY Big "Bead" Mover

Theodore is in a phase right now where he is much more into moving than he is anything else. It makes sense since he has learned so many new skills lately - from crawling, to standing, cruising, and sitting - this little baby is suddenly able to get anywhere he wants. 

This simple baby activity is an easy and fun DIY. This Montessori baby friendly toy is simple to make and gets a baby moving!

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There's not a ton of using his materials happening, but one thing he does love is his small bead mover. He can sit for long periods of time spinning and moving the beads back and forth. It's not a huge surprise to me since it was also a big hit with Gus when he was an older baby and toddler. 


So I was thinking -- how can I incorporate his love of moving beads and his need for movement? And, this DIY big bead mover idea popped into my head! It was 100 inspired by this post on Instagram but adapted for an older baby on the move. I made the pieces smaller and put them up higher to encourage all sorts of new movement and exploration. 

To make it, I cut up an old gift wrap tube with scissors. Then Gus, Nora and I painted the pieces with non-toxic paint (because Teddy will attempt to eat them). It was a fun project for us and a great way to spend some time here at home. 


Once the tube pieces were dry, I put them on some elastic on his mirror and on our door in his play area. One of the sections was smaller tubes moving horizontally and the other was a larger tube moving vertically. Both require different large scale movements to move the "bead" around. 


Teddy has really enjoyed this project and I'm guessing it will be a hit for a few weeks as he figures it out. Plus, it was a great way to recycle some material, and meet his current interests without spending anything. 

This simple baby activity is an easy and fun DIY. This Montessori baby friendly toy is simple to make and gets a baby moving!

Have you done any fun baby DIYs lately? 
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