Make Your Own DIY Sensory Balls


We have gotten good use of our bin of plastic ball pit balls over the last several weeks.  

The overabundance of plastic balls we have were gifted to us, but I would imagine any store that sells the small blow up ball pits/ tunnels should also sell bags of extra plastic balls.  

I've shared a couple activities with those balls-- problem solving activitywater ball pit fun, and now... DIY Sensory Balls.

diy sensory balls for babies

Update!  These balls have been played with for the last month--under active momma supervision-- and have kept up well! 

Update 2!!  I have since taken away the velcro and foam sticker balls as his little teeth have been able to pull them off slighty!  And he now loves the feathered ball!

Disclaimer:  Please watch your baby with this or any baby play activity you see online!  If baby still likes to put any and everything in his/her mouth, please be extra watchful or wait to make your own for when baby is a little older.

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Sensory Play for Babies

I gathered different tactile materials and adhered them to the plastic balls
  • foam number stickers-- not sure where these came from, but I would imagine in any section of a craft store and/or the Dollar Store?! 
  • velcro dots
  •  feathers-- any ol' craft store (and a supply of these in your craft closet for the kiddos is a MUST!)
The velcro dots and foam stickers didn't need anything extra to attach them, but for the feathers I did use hot glue along the spine of the feather.

Not sure about the feather ball at first.... 
and then he kinda like it.

Sensory Activity for Babies

Fixated on the foam stickers
Sensory Activity for Babies

Touching the soft & rough velcro pieces
Sensory Activity for Babies

I think the ball with the foam stickers is his favorite!  
Sensory Activity for Babies

More Baby Play Ideas:

Problem Solving for Baby
Fabric Scraps Treasure Bin
Containers and Loose Parts

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  1. What an awesome idea! I love the feather ball. It is so funny that your baby liked the soft foam stickers. Thanks for sharing this diy baby toy at Mom's Library!

    1. The feather ball was my favorite too! He still isn't fond of it though ; )

  2. These turned out great and the pictures are cute- super memories! I will have to try this, you come up with such great baby activities! I don't think I have feathers but I am thinking maybe pipe cleaners in swirly patterns would be fun! I have the Velcro dots and foam stickers on hand. So fun!

    1. Oh, pipe cleaners would be a GREAT idea! You could probably just twist them up and put the ball inside, too?!

  3. What a fantastic idea! I love the Velcro ball. Pinned :)

  4. What a simple and fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library, I'll be featuring you this week on Crystal's Tiny Treasures :-)

  5. what a cutie!! thanks for sharing at kids co-op, featuring you tomorrow:)

  6. Hi where would you reccomend sourcing things like the balls, velcro numbers and dots thanks, Corrina

    1. Corrina,

      Hope you come back to see this!! I updated the post to include where you could purchase them... although I am not too much of a help because the balls, and foam number stickers were given to us. However, the velcro dots and foam stickers can be found at any craft store. The balls I would imagine you can find at any retailer that sells the tunnels and small plastic ball pits for kiddos (target, toys r us, walmart, etc.) Hope that helps!!


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