my little brother bought Emmet these sunglasses. He wears them every morning and they still make me giggle every. single. time.
As a little kid I drew and decorated dream houses, and even though my style has changed significantly over the years it has always been my dream to have the perfect little house that is always neat and tidy. My mom will laugh when she reads this because I was a messy child, and I mean really messy. My dishes never made it to the sink and I don't think I could ever see the floor of my room. Once a month my mom would finally convince me to clean my room and I would shove everything into a gigantic heaping pile in the middle of my room and put it away one by one. I have grown up though and have finally started to live up to my dreams of keeping my house clean and decorated to my liking.
When I found out we were having Emmet I knew I still wanted to be able to keep my house as perfect as I possibly could. I knew though that the reality of having kids is that their still will be all over the house whether you like it or not and while Emmet may not be as bad as I was (please get your tidiness from your father Emmet!!!) his things will still be around our house. My goal then was to only get baby/kid things that I wouldn't mind seeing all around! A few things we bought, like our natural rubber pacifiers or our black and white Aden and Anais swaddles, and other things we decided we could make just how we wanted! One of the things that I wanted to make, though not something that will always be laying around our house, was a minimalist stroller activity toy to hang across the stroller. Emmet isn't quite old enough to thoroughly enjoy playing with it yet, but he sure enjoys looking at it!
-Crochet Wooden Beads
-Silicone Hexagon Beads
-White Hemp String
To make the activity gym I first roughly measured the distance across the sun cover on our carseat. I knew I wanted it to droop just slightly and that I would need enough string to tie it to the tie clips as well (it is always better to measure a little extra long just in case!). Once I had estimated how long I wanted it to be, I cut three pieces of hemp string at that length and tied them to one of the tie clips. I then began threading on my three different beads using a needle for easy threading. I decided that on mine I didn't really want a particular pattern, so I just put them on in a way that felt balanced to me! Once I got all the way across my string I double checked it on my carseat to see if it fit before tying the other end to the second tie clip. I then put a few of the wooden rings on and even made another toy to dangle on it! For the added toy I tied three pieces of string to a wooden ring, but a few beads on, and tied the other end to another wooden ring.
My favorite thing about this toy is that you can customize it in any way you'd like! You can add colored beads, beads in different sizes, string them in different patterns, and even create different toys to add on to it! I also love the sounds that the different woods make as they move across each other! I can tell Emmet will have lots of fun playing with this once he is old enough!
Never leave a child unattended when playing with the stroller toy you make! If strings come undone beads and strings can be hazardous to your baby!