When I found this video from Early Venton LLC on Mrs. D’s Corner’s Facebook page I knew I had to try it myself. As a teacher of students with Autism-I have a TON of sensory needs that I need to meet. As someone who doesn’t know how to sew-I needed an easy way to make weighted materials. This weighted lap animal was the answer!
You need 4 materials-Skinneez Jumbo Bite Dog Tot, a filling of your choice, duct tape and zip block bags. It is important to get the Jumbo Bite dog toy-the others won’t work. You can find the dog toy for about $8 on Amazon.
Some people use River Rocks to fill because its more weight per volume-I choose to try rice because it is softer and molds more to the student’s lap. The process is pretty simple-fill zip block bags with your chosen stuffing, fill the dog toy with the bags and Velcro closed!
** Update-wrap the ziplock bags in duct tape before you fill the dog toy. Otherwsie, the bags will bust and spill rice!
If you want, you can wrap the bags of stuffing in a dish cloth and drop essential oils on it. This will add a nice scent component too.
All in all very easy to make!