Fidget toys are unique! Who wouldn't want their very own? They can release your tension, help you focus, and make you incredibly happy. Although there are many different fidget toys out in the market to buy, they can get costly, and, at times, it's hard to find the right one. If that relates to you on some level, then you've come to the right place. This article will show you three DIY fidget toys that are surprisingly affordable and easy to make!
DIY fidget toys are an excellent option if you're looking for inexpensive and fun. What's more, this crafting session provides some serious bonding time between you and your child. If you develop the fidget toy properly, I promise you'll struggle to wipe the smile off their face. Are you ready?
The DIY Sensory Bag
A DIY sensory bag is an easy way to entertain or relax children. Sensory bags are usually filled with different textures, scents, and decorations for the senses.
The best thing about sensory bags is that you can make them at home with supplies from the dollar store or specialty stores.
Instead of a fidget popper, you'll get a sensory bag where you can move objects around freely. This makes this DIY fidget toy an excellent option for ADHD, ADD, Autism, or anxiety.
Materials & Tools
- Shower gel
- Extra-large ziplock bag
- 30 - 50 Little wooden or plastic shapes
- Nail polish (to paint those shapes your favorite color!)
- Permanent marker
- Duct tape
Draw some pretty shapes on the ziplock bag using the permanent marker. We love to draw flowers with numbers in their center, so the sensory bag doubles as a stem learning toy.
Grab your tiny objects and start painting them with familiar patterns or things. We love to create cute little ladybugs with red and black nail polish. Then, let them dry!
Fill the ziplock bag with the shower gel. Aim to have at least 0.5cm of gel between both sides of the bag. Once full of gel, place all your small items into the bag. See if they freely move around with the push of a finger! If they don't, add or remove gel as required.
Close the ziplock bag with everything inside it. For added safety, go around the zip a few times with duct tape.
And, voila! You have little objects that are ready to fly through the sensory bag's transparent sky. For an enhanced fidget and sensory experience, you can stick your sensory bag to the wall and have your toddler sit down and fidget away.
The DIY Stress Ball Fidget Toy
Stress balls are a must-have for every classroom or home! Stress balls are magical little globes of goo that can help you relax during any difficult moments. This easy, but ingenious items are great for both adults and kids!
Here's our favorite DIY stress ball recipe, as well as some fantastic ideas for decorating it. Please encourage your children to create their own designs; it'll make them adorn their stress ball!
The DIY stress ball fidget toy is an ideal option for those who are looking to reduce stress. It's a great way to relieve anxiety and anger! It also helps you focus by playing with it during challenging moments.
Materials & Tools
- Baking soda
- Hair conditioner
- Funnel (can be made from a plastic bottle)
Get 2 cups of baking soda and 1/2 a cup of hair conditioner. The more conditioner you add, the squishier it will get, and vice versa. Mix it all in a bowl!
Once you have mixed it all, funnel the ingredients into the balloon. Once the balloon is full, make sure it doesn't have any air bubbles and tie it closed.
It's time to get creative and make your own art! You can create emoji stress balls, tennis ball stress balls, and even mesh stress balls.
A mesh stress ball is oh-so addictive. Find a piece of mesh fabric to place over your balloon. We got some material from a local artisan, but we've also seen other people use fruit bags or any other type of fabric. This one tends to break easily if the mesh is too robust, so seek a softer cloth or add more conditioner to the whole combination to prevent it.
If it breaks, wash your hands and start again!
See, it's that simple! Squish all your nervous energy away and have a fun-filled DIY stress ball on hand always.
DIY Zipper BraceleT
A zipper bracelet makes an ideal fidget or sensory toy if you can't resist playing with your fingers. It is a lightweight, durable, and fun fidget toy with a simple zip-up and zip-down feature. The zipper bracelet usually goes on your wrist and doubles as a stylish bracelet!
The other uses of this zipper fidget toy include keeping hands occupied, passing the time, and relieving stress and anxiety. This essential gadget is straightforward to create and requires little effort.
Materials & Tools
- Old clothes (for zippers) or; buy zippers from your local.
- Lighter (parents supervision required!)
- Lobster clasps
- Jump rings
Grab your zipper and start cutting it into your ideal-sized bracelet.
Singe the zipper sides with your lighter. This ensures that your cut-off doesn't unravel and look bad! Remember, this will make the zipper hot, so proceed with caution.
Using a sharp instrument, such as your scissors, make a tiny hole in the top and bottom of the zipper, just big enough so you can comfortably fit the lobster clasps and jump rings. Be CAREFUL!
Alternate the clasp and rings, and you're done!
Now, you have a cute little fidget toy that you can play with or use as a stylish bracelet. You can even paint the zipper if you want to make it match your outfit.
This is ideal for teens and adults who wish for a small, inexpensive, and fun fidget toy that doubles as a trendy accessory!
We hope that we have provided you with enough DIY fidget toys to meet all of your valued needs. If you are still hunting for more DIY toys, please feel free to reach out directly to us. We'd be more than happy to share our expertise and learn about your experiences with us!