So those of you that follow me may already know that I am the mummy of a very demanding, clever little girl who can take a lot of entertaining. So I am always on the look out for new things and the cheaper the better!

So I wanted to share with you a couple of trialled and tested DIY toddler toys I have found and made for Little Lane that have been a big hit!

Sensory Tables

The first I found at Ring Around the Roses, a fab blog full of great DIY ideas, recipes and more.

Ring Around the Roses use a plastic tub for their sensory tables, that come with a lid already so make a great idea. But we are pretty impatient and didn’t have a tub already, so decided we had all the materials we needed (apart from yellow paint!) to make her a sensory table of our own.

DIY Toddler sand pit

So a few offcuts of decking and joists later, a plywood bottom and a few nails and a table was taking shape. We primed it and painted it yellow, lined it with some black plastic using a staple gun and voila… just add sand!

It still needs a proper lid (currently a bit of plywood), but Little Lane loves it. All you need is some basic DIY skills and some odd bits of wood. Hubby and I are also going to make a water table the same way. I love this as it’s personal because we made it for her and so much better quality than a lot of cheap plastic sand tables you can buy.

Pom Pom Sorting

The next DIY idea I found and trialled was using some very simple and cheap items you can buy from the pound shop. This idea seems to be everywhere and now I know why… Little Lane thought it was ace!! It kept her quiet for ages… It’s great for teaching colours, numbers, good for motor skills and so much more. Plus there are so many different things you can do with pom poms!

Sorting pom poms
This activity found on Learning4kids is so cheap and easy to do. Simply get some large tweezers or tongs, some pom poms and something to sort them in. I had a bead box that I wasn’t using and it’s great for keeping them in when finished too.

Little Lane loves using the tongs to pick up the pom poms and sort them into colours, sparkly ones and plain ones. The fun is endless it seems when it comes to pom poms. Check out Learning4kids website for more fun pom pom ideas!


So if you are trying to entertain little ones on a budget there really is so much out there and so many ideas people have already trialled and tested. Who needs a house full of plastic toys when everyone knows the cardboard box is always the best!

Check out my Pinterest boards for more toddler fun activities to try!

Emma x