Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DIY: Baby Mobile

When infants reach about three months old, they are becoming more active.  A good toy or activity for this age group are mobiles.  Here is a step-by-step to make your very own baby mobile.

Step 1:  Purchase PVC pipes and have them cut at your local hardware store (i.e. Lowe's, Home Depot).  This is a very inexpensive purchase; much less than buying a pre-made mobile from a toy store.  The pipes need to be the following lengths:
4- 6"
1- 18"

Step 2:  Purchase the joints that will attach all the pipes together.  The joints need to be the following:
2- T's
2- elbows
4- caps

Step 3: Place the caps on all four of the 6" pipes, then attach the other end of the 6" pipes into a "T" joint. 

Step 4:  Place the two elbow joints on one end of the 16" pipes.  Connect each of the other end of the 16" pipe into the opening of the "T."

Step 5: Connect the mobile together with the last 18" pipe by placing in in each end of the elbow joints (that are connected to the 16" pipes).

Attach items to the 18" pipe of the mobile (the top) that hang down.  Some examples could be a mirror, pictures of family members, bright colored cardstock, etc.  This mobile will help with visual stimulation, promotes gross motor development, and play time.


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