DIY Sensory Stacking Rings

I love making DIY toys for Monkey, I’m working on a pizza set at the moment as he’s just getting in to role play. It’s taking quite a bit longer than I thought it would!! In the meantime I want to share something I put together when he was around 6 months old. I was reminded about it the other day when I found Monkey had retrieved it out if the loft box. He was sitting in the middle of the bedroom with hoops strewn all over, counting them back onto the holder.


It came about as a natural progression from the treasure baskets, as some of the items in his treasure basket lent themselves to this idea. I brought a large wooden toilet roll holder from EBay and started collecting.

Some of the items I made:


  • Felt Ball Ring – sewn together
  • Polystyrene Hoop which I wound wool round
  • Wooden Bead Bracelet- threaded onto elastic
  • Shammy Leather – cut into roughly one inch squares and sewn together

Other items:


  • Napkin Ring
  • Wooden and metal bangles from a charity shop
  • The inside of a Sellotape roll
  • Stone Ring
  • Wicker Hoop
  • Hair Scrunchie
  • Dog Toy
  • Round Brush
  • Kilner Jar Seals
  • Flower Wooden Craft Photo Frames with the plastic removed

Its great when they are small for hand and eye coordination and as they get older sorting by size.

Linking up to #MarvMondaysΒ and #Thebigpinklink


  1. chloelifeunexpected

    This is an amazing idea. Evie loves stacking rings, I’ve never thought about doing a sensory version. So creative! πŸ˜€ xx


  2. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Wow you are very creative and what a great idea! What kid doesn’t love stacking rings? making them sensory is very ckever too xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  3. Jenny

    This a lovely idea! So much nicer than bought stacking rings! I love treasure baskets too, but this is great for when they get a bit older and need more to hold their attention. I love it! πŸ™‚ x

  4. Leah Miller

    I think that this is an utterly fantastic idea, I am going to try it with my tiny human tomorrow. I have shared this on Facebook as I think a lot of parents will see this as a great sensory way to play with their kids – that involves no mess!

  5. Sassy

    This is a fantastic idea, and one which I will remember for the future when I have children! Thank you for also describing what you used as it gave me a visual picture in my mind πŸ™‚ xxx

  6. Yvonne - Double the Monkey Business

    This is fantastic. What a great idea. I would never have thought about doing this. It looks so much more interesting that the plastic ones you buy πŸ™‚ x

  7. Anosa

    What an amazing idea, who would Anne thought you could just buy the toilet paper holder and it would make such an awesome stacking ring DIY for a child. Absolutely loving it

  8. puritybelle

    That’s a great idea, we had some stacking rings when the girls were little, my favourite was a colourful wooden one. This is so much better though because you can change and swap things around and keep it constantly entertaining!

  9. Emily

    Oh my goodness, these are fabulous. They’re the type of thing you’d see on easy for about Β£50! I will definitely be creating (nowhere near as good I’m sure) my own for P as we’re getting him into sensory play at the moment.


  10. My Petit Canard

    What a great idea for home sensory play, and so cleverly made too! We’ve just started baby sensory classes again with the littlest one and I’ve been reminded of how easy and wonderful it is to make your own sensory toys for the little ones and this is a great example! Perhaps something I can have a go at making too over the next few months πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

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