Little ones learn about the world through their five senses. You can maximize all the brain-building that’s going on in that cute little noggin by making your own sensory toys. Here, you’ll find super easy DIY options, toys you can make and take with you when you’re out and about, and big inspiring sensory toys sure to be your kiddo’s favorite. And remember: always keep a close eye on your baby during any sensory exploration. Safety first!

Make a Rainbow

With food coloring or liquid watercolors and puffed wheat cereal, And Next Comes L shows you how to make your own rainbow. Kiddos working on grasping bits with their thumb and forefinger will have fun with these brightly-colored nuggets. Plus, if you don't want to dye wheat, you can find instructions for how to dye rice noodles, coconut and lots more!

Photo: Dyan/And Next Comes L

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–Oz Spies