Do you have odd pairs of socks lying around in the house? I always have odd socks in the ironing basket. I often think that I should just throw them in the bin, but this week I saw a picture of a sock snake. Why not make a textured toy for your little one with all the socks? You don’t need to be a pro with sewing, it is really easy and quick to make this snake.
Here are my step by step instructions for you to follow:
You will need the following:
- Felt for eyes
- Ribbon for tongue
- Plastic bags
- Or anything else that makes a noise and feels different.
- Sewing machine
Cut the socks just above the heel. You are going to use the top part of the sock. If you have big socks you can also use the part between the toes and the heel.
Once you have all your top parts of the socks together you can start to put them together. Turn your socks inside out. Sew two sock ends together. Now carry on with all the socks until you have one long snake.
This is how it looks like when all of them are together.
Now you sew one end closed. Stuff your snake with stuffing, newspaper and plastic bags.
When you are done with the stuffing, close the back of the snake. I used a ribbon so that I can open the snake again to remove the stuffing to wash the snake.
Cut out small circles for the eyes from the felt.
Cut the ribbon for the tongue.
Complete your snake’s face.
If you have plain coloured socks you can always sew on different size buttons, beads and ribbon. These will add some colour and texture to the snakes.
How will your little one will benefit from this home-made toy?
You will be stimulating different senses with the snake.
- Visual: all the different colours. You can pull the snake around for little one to follow with his/her eyes. This activity strengthens the eye muscles.
- Auditory: by using newspaper and plastic bags the snake will make a noise when squeezed.
- Tactile: the sense of touch will be stimulated by the texture of the socks, the eyes, tongue and also the different stuffing.
Use the sock snack during your tummy time sessions with your baby.
Contributed by Celeste Maritz of Clamber Club Babies– Wierdapark
Tel: 082 325 6171