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 #MarvMondays and #Thebigpinklink


  1. chloelifeunexpected
    July 10, 2015 / 6:44 am

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


    • August 5, 2015 / 6:19 pm

      Every time I threaten to put it up in the loft he asks for it back… He’s almost three!! Thank you for stopping by xx

  2. August 4, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Such s fab idea – I would have never thought of that #toddlerspprovedtuesday

  3. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    August 4, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    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

  4. August 5, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Great Idea, and super creative too! Thanks for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  5. August 10, 2015 / 8:08 am

    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! 🙂 x

    • August 11, 2015 / 7:34 am

      Thank you Jenny ? I’m a bit addicted to treasure baskets…..!! Xx

  6. Lilinha Espindula
    February 20, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Such a lovely idea to make stacking rings. I’ve never made any toys for little man, apart from shakers and drums. I will keep those in mind when we have another baby x

  7. Leah Miller
    February 20, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    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!

  8. February 20, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    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 🙂 xxx

  9. February 21, 2016 / 6:13 am

    Such a great idea for little ones! Mine would have loved this when they were smalls.

  10. Yvonne - Double the Monkey Business
    February 21, 2016 / 7:42 am

    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 🙂 x

  11. February 21, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    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

  12. February 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea and one that is so simple to do x

  13. February 21, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I love this idea. It’s ingenious and so simple. Much better than the plastic ones.

  14. February 21, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Aww, this is amazing! What a fantastic idea – I’d never of thought of making my own stacking ring set. I’ll definitely be taking inspiration from this when my little one comes along. Amazing.

  15. February 21, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    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!

  16. February 21, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    What a creative idea, I was always thought that stacking rings were the coolest things ever when I was younger. Some things never change!

  17. wonderfulandaverage
    February 21, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    What a fantastic idea! We’ve only got a boring plastic one, this is so much better. Pinning!

  18. Emily
    September 19, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Oh my goodness, these are fabulous. They’re the type of thing you’d see on easy for about £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.


  19. September 19, 2016 / 6:36 am

    Your so clever and good at this. Brilliant idea and love sensory play its fantastic for them #marvmondays

  20. September 19, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Great idea, my eldest would play with these for ages!


  21. September 19, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    This is such a simple idea! My little one loves sensory play, and he’s a big fan on treasure baskets, so I think he’d love this. On my list of projects to do!! #MarvMondays

  22. September 19, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    This is brilliant! And so simple but looks so complicated.

  23. September 21, 2016 / 10:51 am

    I really love this idea, I could see both my littles enjoying this- they both love exploring different textures so I think they’d love the sensory aspect of this. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

  24. September 24, 2016 / 12:24 am

    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 🙂 Thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  25. September 24, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    Fantastic idea! Going to keep this in mind. #MarvMondays

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