As a young toddler, my son has zero interest in “baby” rattles but isn’t impressed by an Etch-A-Sketch or coloring yet. I’ve been busy brainstorming toys to keep his interest, and this buckle toy taps into his love of un-doing everything he can get his hands on. It’s a very simple project, and you can use up scraps or upcycled clothes for the fabric pieces. I cut, photographed, and sewed it all within an hour — the perfect nap time project!

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