Make your own fun toddler sound shaker toys using plastic ornaments and Gorilla Glue! The possibilities are endless and my twins LOVED them.
As it goes with kids, the boys have been sick the last few days. Fevers, general fussiness, wanting to be held—the works. (Can I blame them? Of course not. When I’m sick I still want my mom and I’m 35!). So during their nap, I decided to make a few new toys they could play with that might help distract them from their feverish discomfort.
I had extra shatter-resistant plastic ornament balls from a gift basket I made earlier this year. I decided to fill them with little baubles to make different noises when the boys shake them. I settled on pom-poms and bells (because pom-poms make no noise on their own but they are so cute!), painted wooden spools, plastic buttons, and dinosaurs!
- Clear fillable ornament balls
- Baubles: pom-poms, bells, plastic dinosaurs, buttons, spools, etc.
- Craft paint (optional)
- Gorilla Super Glue Brush & Nozzle
This was a really easy project to put together. I started by painting my wooden spools and dinosaurs green, blue, and yellow using craft paint, to match the pom-poms and buttons I picked up. This is completely optional, but it didn’t take me long at all to do and if you read this blog at all, you’ll know that those are my favorite colors!
I tried to choose items that wouldn’t be a choking hazard if the ornaments broke. My boys are past the point of putting everything in their mouths, but I did make sure I supervised them while they played.
Then, I broke out my new bottle of Gorilla Super Glue Brush & Nozzle, which you can get at hardware and home center stores. I knew I needed the bond to be strong, so it had to be Gorilla Glue all the way.
This new bottle is really cool — it has a brush tip which makes it really easy to apply the glue, as well as the traditional nozzle for quick application. I tried both methods to glue the two halves together, and found that I loved the edge-to-edge coverage of the brush! Game changer!
I applied the glue with the brush to the rim of one half of the ornament, placed the baubles inside, and then sealed it shut with the other half. The glue dries quickly, so it didn’t take long before the seal was super tight!
And, lo and behold, playing with their new shakers actually made my miserable boys happy! We took them outside for a little fresh air and to play with their toys and they were almost like themselves again. One of the things they know how to do is “shake shake shake” a toy. Once they found out that they made different noises, they wouldn’t stop shaking them! It was nice to see them having fun after a few bummer days.
Shake, shake, shake boys!
Thankfully, they are starting to feel a little better. And they are still carrying their shakers around the house!