Running mate works weekend nights, and I am not a good single parent. One bedtime, I could feel it. You know, increased bickering, picking at each other, elevated kinetic energy, swirling vapors and mom getting flustered.
An idea like a lightning strike! Outgrown tights! I cut off the legs, filled them with old old dried beans — one got lentils, one got pinto — and tied a knot.
Then, a minute in the microwave.
One kid is a seeker, and laughs and jumps and kicks and fools around until the instant she falls asleep. The other is more pondering, more of a worrier, but still can be revved up to a frothy sibling rivalry.
The “heart light” works for them both, centering and heating, weighting and calming. I suppose I could sew buttons on for eyes, but it’s working as it is.
This very flexible DIY project would work well tucked into a sweatshirt or coat hood, or as two smaller ‘heart lights’ tucked into coat or hoodie pockets. It also could be popped in the freezer and used for headaches or booboos.
I hope I get a turn with it soon.
More posts on sensory play include: Here, Feel This Fruit