Years ago I got the idea from somewhere of filling a sock with rice and using it as a heating pad for whenever I needed one. It works great.. I stick it in the microwave for about a minute and it stays warm for quite awhile... and it is safer than falling asleep with the electric heating pad on. Last Saturday we took the boys to the track to practice for a race they will be competing in (more to come on that topic) and a couple days later LiLi woke in the middle of the night complaining that his stomach was hurting... we soon realized it was muscle pain (he's never run so much in his life!!) I pulled out my trusty rice sock and it did the trick... he was soon back to sleep. He wanted it the next night as well and I could see where this was heading... I was sure that soon the other two would start coming up with ailments so they could take mommy's rice sock to bed with them. I must say it is quite soothing so I figured I would make them each one of their own. I found some unmatched socks (we seem to have quite a few of these floating around... if anyone can tell me where socks end up I'd love to know:) filled them with rice, stitched them shut and then took some felt and made a little cover for each. I let the kids choose the colours they wanted and appliqued a little motif on each which I created in Photoshop. It was a fun, quick project. Don't look too closely at the stitching though... I was watching The Mentalist while sewing and I think the TV was getting more attention! The kids were pleased with how they turned out and hopefully they will provide much comfort in the weeks, months and years to come. (and now I get my rice sock back all to myself!)
If you want to see other creations made by, for, or with kiddos using everyday items from around the home check out the Kiddos Create challenge hosted each week by Mama Jenn.