Sunday, August 09, 2015

DIY No Sew Crash Mat {Sensory Hack for Kids}

I have been wanting to make a gigantic crash mat for my kids for quite some time. However, the thought of sewing a large piece of fabric and hunting down enough foam to stuff it with seemed too daunting. It also sounds ridiculously expensive! 

But I finally came up with the perfect DIY sensory hack

This DIY no sew crash mat is such a great sensory hack for kids with autism and/or sensory processing disorder. And it's great because you likely already have everything on hand to make it. So it's easy and frugal, but, more importantly, it will become an indispensable sensory tool for your family. Ready to make it?

Easy sensory hack: how to make a DIY no sew crash mat for kids - perfect for kids with autism and/or sensory processing disorder from And Next Comes L

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Why Crash Mats are Great for Kids with Autism & Sensory Processing Disorder

Crash mats are great for kids, especially those with autism and/or sensory processing disorder who have proprioceptive issues. Crashing into a surface like a crash mat provides lots of great sensory input, but if you have ever priced out a crash mat (like this one), then you know they're super expensive! I'm entirely too cheap to buy one, so I came up with this perfect DIY alternative and no sewing is involved, which is an added bonus! And it's no secret that I'm addicted to finding sensory hacks because let's face it, therapy and sensory tools are both expensive.

How to make a DIY no sew crash mat for kids for cheap from And Next Comes L

How to Make a DIY No Sew Crash Mat for Kids

Do you use a duvet on any of the beds in your house? Well, then you are ready to go! To make this DIY no sew crash mat, you will need to gather the following supplies:

  • Duvet cover (ours is queen sized) that is sealed with a zipper (similar to this one)
  • Duvet
  • Pillows
  • Body pillow
  • Large comforters, blankets, or fluffy towels
  • Large stuffed animals (avoid ones with any plastic parts)
  • Bean bag chairs
We have always just piled up stuffed animals, pillows, and blankets to make a giant crash mat. The problem with this method, however, is that all the materials would shift and we would constantly have to readjust the items. We needed something that would hold all the items in one place. The solution? A duvet cover that zips closed!

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Simply unzip the duvet cover and stuff it as full as you can with everything soft and fluffy in your house. We used primarily pillows, fleece blankets, two bean bag chairs, a body pillow, and a large stuffed tiger that is bigger than I am! You can even make it into a scavenger hunt and encourage the kids to help you locate everything you could use.

Sensory hack for kids: how to make a DIY no sew crash mat using items from around the house from And Next Comes L

Stuffing the duvet cover is a great heavy work activity for kids too because they have to climb inside the duvet cover with a large item and stuff it into the corners. Plus, the duvet cover makes a fun fort! I held the opening of the duvet up so that the boys could climb in and out to fill it up. 

Once it's full, simply zip it closed and let the kids crash! It worked perfectly! We actually set this crash mat up on a rainy day, so it was the perfect boredom busting activity for helping the kids burn their energy.

Sensory hack for kids: how to make a DIY no sew crash mat using items from around the house from And Next Comes L

How to make a DIY no sew crash mat for kids for cheap from And Next Comes L

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How to make a DIY no sew crash mat for kids - great for kids with autism and/or sensory processing disorder! from And Next Comes L
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10 comments:

  1. I'd love to make a baby sized version.

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  2. Saw the stretchy sheet idea MONTHS ago and then lost it. Found it just now and then saw your idea for the crash mat. I am ending my year on a very high note indeed! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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    1. YAY! Glad you found both DIY tutorials. They're both so easy too, which is nice, right? Happy New Year!

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