Zarek doesn’t have a lot of troubles with fidgeting but he does need touch throughout the day to help him calm and relax. I think his Lap Buddy will help him with that and with fidgeting in class!
Our Weighted Pillow called the Lap Buddy
This summer I tested Zarek’s need of touch and found if we blocked out a snuggle time he did better throughout the day. But at school this is not an option. So I created a Lap Buddy to help him to get that sense of comfort, help him relax, and calm himself.
I got this idea from remembering Zane having a sock with beans in it in kindergarten to help him with fidgeting. But I wanted Zarek’s weighted pillow to be more fun so I made him a “Lap Buddy”.
Ask the Teacher!
I did ask the teacher if it would be alright for me to make it for him and she thought it was a great idea. I do recommend talking to the teacher before sending this with your child to school.
Supplies for Weighted Lap Buddy:
- Socks, Leggings, or Tights
- 2-5 pounds of Rice
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Buttons, Brads, or Something for Eyes
- Ribbon (optional)
How to Make Your Lap Buddy:
Step 1: Cut leggings or tights legs off
Step 2: Tie knot in the end (tie the raw end of leggings and flip knot inside) add ribbon at this point for tongue if you wish
Step 3: Sew or glue on eyes
Step 4: Add essential oils to rice and pour into your Buddy
Step 5: Tie off end
Note: If you are using tights or leggings you will want to put both legs on your buddy for added thickness. I did this after making my Periscope after seeing how thin the fabric was.