This palm sized pumpkin is more than just a cute jack o’ lantern… it’s a fidget that will come in handy when kids are in need of a sensory tool!
It’s a super sensory solution for fidgety kids (and grown ups too)!
Whether your child is feeling anxious or seeking touch input, this little Pumpkin Fidget helps keep busy hands busy.
Sometimes kids really can’t help making extra movements with their hands, especially if they are sensory seekers. Other children who have the tendency to constantly seek touch input can also benefit from using this balloon fidget when required to sit still.
When it comes to sensory processing, the drive to fidget is one way the body helps to self-regulate. Often times it’s related to the nervous system responding to stress, overwhelm or excitement. In some cases fidgeting helps kids to stay alert when they are feeling bored or required to sit still and do not have other opportunities for movement.
“You can help support a child’s sensory processing and self-regulation skills by understanding the nervous system’s drive to move. Once you identify this, it’s easier to consider other ways to help a student channel this energy by redirecting it to a quiet, movement activity such as a fidget.”
In occupational therapy, we use fidgets to…
1.) Help kids maintain their focus
2.) Help satisfy the need to constantly touch things
3.) Strengthen hands and fingers by providing a repetitive resistance exercise (squeezing and pinching).
This festive fidget is Halloween themed, however you can make fidgets all year round!
Pumpkin Balloon Fidget
- 1 yellow 12″ balloon
- 1 orange 12″ balloon
- Permanent marker
- Attach the yellow balloon to the end of the funnel.
- Scoop flour into the funnel.
- Poke the flour into the balloon using the straw.
- Carefully squeeze out the excess air and tie a knot.
- Trim the neck of both balloons.
- Cut a small 1cm snip on the bottom third of the orange balloon. You can make it curved and cut out a small bit for a smile shape.
- Stretch the orange balloon wide and place the yellow balloon inside (knot side down).
- Tie the orange balloon into a knot.
- Cut green ribbon and tie 2 knots around the orange balloon knot.
- Curl the ribbon using the edge of the scissors for curly vines.