As an observer of the toy world, I pay attention to a lot of the trends that pass by. One of the biggest trends has been a return to old fashioned toys, like peg dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy, the simple toys of a bygone age. Many of these toys are also given the extra label of “Sensory toys”, meaning they offer stimulation to the senses rather than to just being entertaining. This makes them educational toys to boot!
Babies especially need the stimulation of the sensory toys as they discover the world around them. It was to this end that Leisure Arts published a brand new book of Sensory Baby Toys, a book of 15 easy to make crochet baby toys, featuring lots of different textures, colors, and patterns to stimulate baby’s senses. There are three different themed sets to choose from: Honey Bees, Circus, and Woodland Bunnies. There is not one pattern in this book that I hate, not even the circus one, and I usually hate circus themed Baby things!
I had the opportunity to make some of the honeybee toys for a cousin who just had a baby girl. The baby’s nursery is flower themed, so honeybees made sense. The toys are very easy to make if you have previous experience with amigurumi. That said, you don’t have to be some kind of genius in order to manage these toys, most beginners can manage them.
Most of the toys also require wooden pieces to add to the textures available for the baby to play with. Now, most people would go to Amazon and look there, but with all the Chinese junk on Amazon these days, you can’t trust them. I went to Etsy seller Alexa Organics instead. All of their products are made here in America, and treated with only the best in organic finishes to be safe for babies. You can check them out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexaOrganics?ref=usf_2020
In all, if you’re interested in the sensory toy market as a parent or educator, I would recommend purchasing this book. You truly won’t be disappointed!
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