Crochet Baby Sensory Toys and Books to Develop Your Child

A baby is playing with crocheted toys and a penguin.
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Toys are not only fun, they’re also extremely important for your little one’s development. It’s a shame that sensory toys are usually overpriced, but there’s still a solution. With these easy-to-make, beginner-friendly patterns, you can make a few with your own hands. Durable and great-looking, they look way better than the same store-bought ones. Get inspired and let your creativity run wild.

Take a look at the examples below and search for links to free patterns under the pictures.

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1. Crochet Sensory Book

This adorable DIY crochet project will bring hours of joy to your little one. Lovingly crafted, this sensory book is more than a simple piece; it’s a treasured heirloom for your home. Explore different crochet stitches as you bring this unique book to life. Your child will love turning the pages and discovering a world of textures. Follow the step-by-step crochet pattern to get started.

  • DESIGNED by WINDING ROAD CROCHET
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A baby is playing with a crocheted book.

Photos by WINDING ROAD CROCHET / windingroadcrochet.com

Find the original free pattern on windingroadcrochet.com.

2. Penguin Stacking Toy

If you’re looking for a simple and fun crochet toy for your child, this adorable penguin is the perfect choice. Made from soft and safe materials, he’s as cute as can be. Plus, you can customize it by experimenting with colors and yarn textures. For a larger version, choose thicker yarn and a larger hook. Create a unique, adorable penguin toy today with the easy-to-follow crochet pattern!

  • DESIGNED by Elisa’s Crochet
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A crocheted penguin amigurumi toy.

Photos by Elisa’s Crochet / elisascrochet.com

Find the original free pattern on elisascrochet.com.

3. Spaceship Finger Puppet

This crochet baby toy project is great for beginners. The playful assortment includes not only spaceships, but also astronauts, U.F.O.s, alien creatures and adorable robots. Easy to make and fun for you and your child. Create your own cosmic adventures with these easy-to-follow instructions and enjoy the results! The free crochet pattern is waiting for you on the original website.

  • DESIGNED by Elisa’s Crochet
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Crocheted finger puppets with spaceships and astronauts.

Photos by Elisa’s Crochet / elisascrochet.com

Find the original free pattern on elisascrochet.com.

4. Play Ball for Children

Made with crochet hexagons, this cute ball is super easy to make and will immediately become your child’s favorite toy. It’s also scrap-friendly and a great way to use up your leftover yarn. It’s completely safe for newborns, and it’s durable, so if your little one is active, the project will definitely work. Follow the step-by-step crochet instructions to get started.

  • DESIGNED by Bomuldskys
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A crocheted ball with yarn next to it.

Photos by @bomuldskys / Instagram.com

Find the original free pattern on bomuldskys.dk.

5. Blooming Blossom Crochet Ball

Enrich your baby’s playtime with this charming crocheted ball with delightful three-dimensional flowers. The tactile toy features 12 pentagon-shaped motifs in a spectrum of engaging colors. The unique flat slip stitch connects the pieces seamlessly, creating a visually appealing and textured finish. The project is suitable for beginners and is based on single crochet, half crochet and double crochet. Follow the free pattern to get started!

  • DESIGNED by Yarnspirations
  • PROJECT TYPE sensory toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a crochet baby playing with a toy.

Photos by Yarnspirations / yarnspirations.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com.

6. Owl Toy

Create a treasured toy companion for your child with this irresistibly soft sensory toy pattern. Watch as this soft companion becomes an instant favorite and sparks imaginative adventures for your little one. Perfect for stimulating young minds, this character toy promises to be a delightful project that ensures both fun and developmental play for your little one. Plus, with customizable colors, it’s just a canvas for your creativity! Follow the free crochet pattern and get started today!

  • DESIGNED by Yarnspirations
  • PROJECT TYPE sensory toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A crocheted owl sitting next to a set of wooden blocks, serving as an adorable crochet baby toy.

Photos by Yarnspirations / yarnspirations.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com.

7. Shark Finger Puppet

These tiny finger puppets are not only visually stunning, but also developmentally appropriate. If you’re looking for a really useful and safe toy for your baby, this project should be first on your list. The pattern is beginner friendly. You will use single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch and other simpler techniques. Toys help develop imagination and emotional strength.

  • DESIGNED by Elisa’s Crochet
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A pair of crocheted finger puppets with sharks, perfect as crochet baby toys.

Photos by Elisa’s Crochet / elisascrochet.com

Find the original free pattern on elisascrochet.com.

8. Crochet Counting Fish Toy

With these crocheted fish, your baby can learn to count and understand colors. This is an easy project for those who want to make something with their hands but don’t have much experience. The fish pattern is quick and doesn’t take a lot of energy to complete. Make the toys in different colors and sizes so your little one can sort them.

  • DESIGNED by Yarnspirations
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A crocheted basket with a fish on it, perfect for storing crochet baby toys.

Photos by Yarnspirations / yarnspirations.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com.

9. Baby Stacking Toy

Developmental toys are very important for young babies. This one will teach your little one how to sort things by size. This crochet stacking toy is designed for beginners, so don’t be afraid to try it if this is your first experience. Just check out the supplies needed and give it a try. The instructions are easy to follow, so you’ll be able to create effortlessly.

  • DESIGNED by Swecraftcorner
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A crochet baby toy accompanies a little one.

Photos by Swecraftcorner / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on swecraftcorner.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

10. Spaceship Finger Puppet

Finger puppets are a lot of fun. They’re not just for babies, but for kids of all ages. If you want to help your little ones develop their imaginations, these crochet puppets will do the trick. If you’re making them for a little baby, make sure you use safe thick yarn and that your dolls aren’t too small. The project uses a lot of basic techniques.

  • DESIGNED by Elisa’s Crochet
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Crocheted finger puppets with spaceships and astronauts are perfect crochet baby toys.

Photos by Elisa’s Crochet / elisascrochet.com

Find the original free pattern on elisascrochet.com.

11. Jungle Animal Finger Puppets

If you want your little one to develop their motor skills and emotions at the same time, these tiny crochet puppets will do the trick. The free crochet pattern will provide you with instructions for a whole set of crochet finger puppets. All are quick to make and can be made with your leftover yarn. Save it for later!

  • DESIGNED by Jessica F
  • PROJECT TYPE sensory toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Crocheted finger puppets of lions, elephants, giraffes and zebras.

Photos by Jessica F / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on whatimadelastweekend.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

12. Finger Puppet Bunny

A set of three bunny sensory toys. Easter is coming up and you can use this opportunity to make some useful things for your baby. Sensory toys like these can easily help your little one develop motor skills, and they’re quick and easy to crochet. You just need to be patient and follow the instructions carefully.

  • DESIGNED by Enikő Karádi-Héder
  • PROJECT TYPE sensory toys
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Blue yarn crochet bunny baby toys.

Photos by Enikő Karádi-Héder / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

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