How to Make Sensory Windows: Diaper Wipe Upcycle

I have two young children – the older one is *mostly* pottytrained, but still wears pullups for naps and bedtime. In the past three years I have gone through a LOT of wipes… I liked the hard plastic dispensers and hoped to make a fun activity with them. This activity worked well for both my kids – age nine months and almost three years.

First get a large piece of cardboard (I used a cake base, but you can use a old box too). Then you’ll need some diaper wipe packages with hard plastic dispensers. Pull them off the plastic (depending on the brand, you’ll need to cut them off).


Before I glued them to my board, I made a template of the surface area of the open side (left)


I pressed paper over the opening to form an imprint


I then cut out the imprint.


Next I glued these “windows” all over my board.


I used my pattern to cut out different sensory surfaces. I tried to use different colors too. I used plastic mesh, silk, leather, suede, fur, sandpaper, quilt batting, leather and felt. You can get creative with this – as long as the material fits inside the opening.


Next I glued each material inside the “window” with craft glue.


My baby liked to open the “windows” and feel the different surfaces.


For my toddler we made it a little more complicated – what does it feel like? Is it hard or soft? Smooth or rough? What color is it? Which “windows” are the same color? We also practiced memory by clothing the lids and remembering where different colors were.

Now if I could get the girls to share this activity! 😀

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