Make a Lap Belt – a DIY Sensory Tool

Are you looking for solutions for sensory challenges that our kids face?

Two of the Kids Activity Blog writers have kids with sensory processing difficulties.  As part of a mini-series, we are sharing some sensory aids that we have made and/or use regularly to help our families.

This is a weighted lap belt.  It is perfect for kids who are constantly jiggling their legs.  You know the kiddo, it’s like he has ants in his pants?  All. the. time?

Our diy toy snake can help!

supplies needed to make a lap snake sensory aid

How to make a Homemade Rice Snake

Supplies Needed:

  • Clean Sock – try to get a super long one.  We are using a knee-high tube sock.  My kids love the fuzzy texture.
  • Rice – we used 8 cups of rice.  A LOT!  The amount you will use depends on the size of your sock.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Essential oils.  We suggest using a blend like Stress-Away or Peace and Calming.

how to make a weighted lap band to help fidgety kids calm down
Fill the sock with the rice.  We poured our rice into a large mason jar, then pulled the sock over the edge – no spills!

Darn the top of the sock closed.  And then sew it one more time.  You want to make sure that it is fidget proof.  My kiddo likes to pick at the top of his sock snake.  This is also why we don’t have button eyes on our snake.  He would pick at that and holes would develop.  Give your kids less to pick at.

To use:  Add drops of essential oils onto the snake.  For kids who struggle with ADD mix drops of cedarwood and lavendar.  For kids who get anxious, try stress away.

. DIY weighted lap belt it is great to help kids sit still

Why Weighted Sensory Aids Work:

When your kids have a weight on their legs they are less likely to bounce them and the constant pressure/kinetic stimulation helps them focus their other senses – like their vision, so they can read for longer periods of time.

Perk:  The sock can also double as a heating pad.  Just put it in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time until it is the temprature you desire.  It feels marvelous around your neck if you have a tension headache!

Essential Oils Freebie

We have fallen in love with essential oils and all the benefits they bring our families.  Because of that, we have a fun and awesome opportunity that runs through the end of October 2014:

free stuff with Young Living KAB

All the details are available on our essential oils information page.  These are the oils that we use and love.




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