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!

Letter Blocks

Pick up wooden blocks from your favorite craft store, scrapbook paper, and felt to make personalized blocks for your baby. Soft felt and bumpy paper make for interesting textures for your kiddo to explore. These custom blocks are adorable, too, and are one toy you won't mind leaving out on a shelf. Find all you need for this DIY project at Fireflies and Mud Pies.

Photo: Melissa Lennig/Fireflies and Mud Pies

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