Make Your Own Developmental Baby Toys

Homemade toys, as seen on the American Baby TV Show.

Black-and-White Mobile

Age range: Birth to 2 months

Developmental skills: Babies can discriminate among patterns after they are 1 week old. To grab the attention of newborns, patterns have to be made of sharply contrasting colors. Black on white makes the boldest design. Expect your baby to study these pictures most carefully between the ages of 6 and 8 weeks, but present them sooner.

Materials needed:

  • white poster board
  • wide black felt-tip pen
  • photograph of face (about 4 x 6 inches)
  • string
  • scotch tape
  • Elmer's glue


1. Glue the photograph to poster board. Cut out picture.

2. Cut a 4 1/2 x 6-inch oval from poster board. Draw a simple face on it with the pen.

3. Cut out a circle of poster board about 5 inches in diameter and draw thick concentric circles with the pen.

4. Cut out a piece of white poster board 5 1/2 x 7 inches. With the pen, draw and color in diagonal lines about 3/4 to 1 inch wide and the same distance apart.

5. Cut a square 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches from poster board and color in a checkerboard design.

6. On the back of each of these pictures, tape a tab made of a little strip of poster board. Bend the tab to allow space for a string to fit through.

7. Thread a piece of string through each tab. Tie or thread pictures onto taut string, elastic, or a wooden dowel across the crib.

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