Weighted Hedgehog: OT Sensory Tool
This weighted hedgehog is so simple to make. A sensory tool you can make extremely quickly and for less than $10.
1. Car-wash-mitten (often found in CVS $1-4 section or dollar store).
2. Eyeballs (If the sleeve isn’t black, you can Sharpie them).
3. Beans/rice/whatever weighted item you want, double-zipped in high-quality zip-lock.
How to Make:
1. Stick the ziplocked weighted material into the mitten.
2. Put on eyeballs!
3. Sew shut the mouth, or if you are sewing-challenged like me, I first used velcro until a friend helped me out. It only takes a minute or two.
Have the hedgehog sit on their laps or by their side. Stroke the textured surface and feel the (mild) calming weight. I can see this being nice for a child who is resting and wanting to touch something. It’s a sensory tool, tactile with texture and proprioceptive with weight.
You could probably also throw it as a form of ball with older children who can handle weight being thrown, to make it more sensory-motor!
*It can be a choking hazard if taken apart, or potential suffocation hazard. Please supervise if used with younger children.
Want to print it/download the PDF of this? Weighted Hedgehog Making