|Fill each bag with about 1.5 cups of dry rice. Squeeze out the air and seal tight.|
|Turn over the sealed top of the bag once or twice, then place in a row--spaced about 1" between bags--on top of the sticky side of a piece of duct tape.|
|Cover the bag tops with another length of duct tape. Try to keep the bags level; I'll tell you why later on.|
|Follow the same steps as above with another set of three rice bags.|
|One side is finished; now it's time to duct tape the back.|
|When you press down the duct tape across the width of the bags, be sure to go "down into the valleys" between the bags. I'll tell you why later.|
|One side usually looks better than the other. Choose the messy side to add some non-slip material.|
|This is shelf liner non-slip webbing. It's optional. Save your Dycem for more important non-slip needs.|
|Ready to go.|
|A grown-up lap with open lap pad.|
|And, now, with the lap pad folded into thirds.|
These lap pads slip into pillowcases or old pillow covers and they are fairly waterproof. Best of all--they're cheap! About $3 each to make. Use your best judgement for which students will safely use a weighted lap pad. The finished weight may vary widely--there are some guidelines for weighted blankets (which this is NOT) but I haven't found definite guidelines for lap pads. Make sure your student can let you know if they are comfortable using it. If it's going to work for them, they're going to ask to use it after the first trial or two.
My "model" for the two lower photos above was very interested in the "whys" and "wherefors" for making the weighted lap pad. She told me today that she dug a heavy pillow out of her linen closet and placed it on top of her abdomen to see if it would help her calm down at night and sleep better. It did!
Wouldn't recommend this for little kids or adults who can't safely squirm away from under the weighted pillow, but it works fine for her.