Photo: Central Michigan University students and parents gather around a sewing machine as an occupational therapist closes up cozies filled with rice. The cozies (homemade heating pads) can be heated for 15 to 20 seconds (no more than a minute) in the microwave. Instant rice should not be used.
Our event planning team was amazed at the fantastic turnout for Wednesday evening's make it take it night. Five parents and thirty-five college students and a professor made fidgets for busy hands (balloons filled with rice), "lava lamps," (water bottles filled with oil, and colored water), and homemade play dough colored and scented with Kool Aid packets. There were five stations in all with how two posters and an instructor posted at most stations. The Isabella county RESD team (that serves local schools) that planned the activities was composed of two occupational therapists and one physical therapist.
How to make a Fidget: Use a funnel or the top of a cut-off water bottle. Insert end of bottle or funnel into balloon (helium balloons work best) and fill with rice. Tie the balloon shut and you have your fidget. Rubber gloves can also be filled to make great fidgets. That's it. It's really easy to make and is great for stressed out parents to use too.
Note: I gave my guy with autism a yellow balloon filled with rice when I returned home. The finished fidget was just the right size for his small hand. He held on to it for a long time. I also brought home a light blue cozy that is about six inches long. All my guys liked that! May have to make more.