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Fidgets You Can Make Yourself

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While it may seem like fidgets are a trendy fad, for kids (or adults) who need to fidget, they are anything but. For those who need them, fidgets are a way to calm the anxiety, calm the nerves, settle the body, focus the attention, and improve concentration.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

Fidgets You Can Make Yourself

Make Your Own Sensory (Stress) Balls from here on The Chaos and The Clutter

DIY Fidget Toolkit for Wiggly Kids by Growing Hands-on Kids

Duct Tape Endless Cube from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls (pictured)

DIY Desk Fidget Tool from The OT Toolbox (pictured)

How to Build a Fidget Spinner with LEGO Bricks by Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls

How To Make a Fidget Spinner by Kids Activities Blog (pictured)

Super Simple Fidget Spinners Kids and Parents Can Make by Pint-Sized Treasures

Lego Spinner Pencil Topper from Teach Me Mommy (pictured)

Make Your Own Marble Maze by Apple Green Cottage (pictured)

Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids Who Can’t Sit Still from Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

More Fidgets You Can Make

How to Make a Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art (pictured)

LEGO Fidget Spinner by Frugal Fun 4 Boys

How to Make an Epic DIY Lego Fidget Cube by Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)

DIY Pencil Topper Fidget Toy from The OT Toolbox (pictured)

Ninja Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art

Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids That Can’t Sit Still by Lemon Lime Adventures

The Easiest Ever DIY Fidget Toy for Kids Who Need to Move by Schooling a Monkey

One of our sons made fidget spinners using zip ties and bearings.

The OT Toolbox has some great suggestions for DIY fidgets using things you probably have around the house such as paper clips or beads and pipe cleaners.

Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory suggests using coffee stir sticks as they can be used to drum on a desk without making much sound at all.

You may know someone who would love this shirt about the need to fidget.

While fidget spinners and fidget cubes are the obvious fidget choice of the moment, there are many fidgets that you can make yourself at home.

Calming Lavender Scented Bubble Recipe

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Blowing bubbles is a great strategy to teach kids as a calming technique. It helps to slow down breathing and bring their bodies back into a state of relaxation. It’s a technique I use often with two of my girls, particularly in the summer. There are also many sensory benefits to blowing bubbles. One day, it occurred to me that I could combine the calming benefits and sensory benefits to an even greater extent if I made lavender scented bubbles for them to use.

These lavender scented bubbles provide a wonderful calming technique for kids.This lavender scented bubble recipe is so easy to make and the bubbles it creates are strong and plentiful. I used lavender essential oil to create the scent because I wanted it to actually have a calming effect.

Two neighbourhood friends came over to test out the new bubbles with us and our new kitten was super curious about them too, making for some great pictures!

Lavender Scented Bubble Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup unscented, clear dish soap
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • optional: 3 drops of food colouring

Directions:

Mix together the water, dish soap and corn syrup. Once it is well combined, add the drops of essential oil and food colouring and mix in. Pour the bubble mixture into a container, add a bubble wand and start making bubbles!

We used a glass mason jar for our bubble mixture, but later in the day when we had younger kids visiting, I transferred it into a plastic container.

If you don’t have a bubble wand handy, you can create a loop at one end of a pipe cleaner and use that for a bubble wand. With this bubble solution, my daughter also was able to blow bubble using her hand held in a loose fist and by using mesh cording.

As you can see, these lavender scented bubbles are not only calming, they also make some pretty large bubbles that last and last! The kids had such a good time playing with them.

I think this bubble solution would keep well in an airtight container, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you first-hand because this recipe was so popular that in two days at our house, it was all used up!

You may also be interested in these other sensory activities we have done that use the calming effects of lavender:

Calming Lavender Sensory BinLavender Sensory Bin

Lavender Scented Playdough

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The Coolest Slime Recipes

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Slime has been gaining in popularity as parents and kids discover its play and sensory possibilities. If you are getting bored with the usual slime ideas, these cool slime recipes are sure to bring a new level of excitement to your slime play!

If you are getting bored with the usual slime ideas, these cool slime recipes are sure to bring a new level of excitement to your slime play!The Coolest Slime Recipes

Buildable Rock Slime from Left Brain, Craft Brain (pictured)

Unicorn Poop Slime from Schooling a Monkey

Holiday Jingle Bell Slime from The Chaos and the Clutter

Egg Slime from The Pinterested Parent

Bubble Bath Slime from Teaching Mama

Chocolate Milk Slime from The Chaos and the Clutter

Geology Gemstone Slime from STEAM Powered Family (pictured)

Bubble Slime from Sugar, Spice and Glitter (pictured)

Fluffy Oobleck Slime from Fantastic Fun and Learning (pictured)

Unicorn Slime by My Frugal Adventures (pictured)

Rainbow Slime by Schooling a Monkey (pictured)

If you are getting bored with the usual slime ideas, these cool slime recipes are sure to bring a new level of excitement to your slime play!

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Edible Starburst Slime by Teach Beside Me (pictured)

Beauty and the Beast Slime from As the Bunny Hops (pictured)

Mermaid Slime by The Nerd’s Wife (pictured)

Toothpaste Orbeez Slime from Savvy Naturalista (pictured, and yes, it’s actually made with toothpaste!)

Fluffy Sand Slime from Mom Dot

Erupting Slime by STEAM Powered Family

Fake Snot Edible Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands (yep, you read that right – it’s edible snot slime!)

Avalanche Slime from Mom Luck

Heat Sensitive Colour Changing Slime from Left Brain, Craft Brain

You may also want to check out these Unique Slime Recipes.

Despicable Me Minions Sensory Bottle

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The Despicable Me movies are close to our hearts as an adoptive family and as fans of laughter. They are such cute stories so I thought I would create some sensory play opportunities for the kids. This Despicable Me Minions sensory bottle was simple to make. I later used the same items to make a Minions sensory bag.

Adorable Minions Despicable Me Sensory BottleI often use a clear glue and water mixture in my sensory bottles but due to the recent slime craze, it has been more challenging to find clear glue so I have switched most of my sensory bottles over to liquid hand soap as the main filler.

Materials needed:

To make this Minions sensory bottle, empty the water out of the water bottle either by drinking it or pouring it into another container. Next, peel off the labels. If you end up with residue from the labels on the bottle, you can use Goo Be Gone to remove it. Add a bit of liquid hand soap to the bottle and then drop in a mini figure. Add more liquid hand soap and then another mini figure. Continue to layer them.

One trick I have is to use a long bamboo skewer to move the mini figures in the bottle so that they are facing the way I want them to.

Fill the bottle to the top with the liquid hand soap and screw on the lid. If you are using this sensory bottle with younger children, you will want to secure the lid in place using hot glue.

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Rainbow Rainfall Sensory Bottle

This Space sensory bottle is naturally weighted. Kids can also use it as an I-Spy activity.Weighted Space Sensory Bottle