Independence Pillow Pal

June 11, 2010 at 7:04 AM 1 comment

by: Jennifer Perez

Schoolssssss out for summer!!!  I bet your children are extremely excited for school to be out!!  Why shouldn’t they be?  According to our kiddos, it’s now time for play dates, pool parties and staying up late, right?  Well, maybe, but who says you can’t do ALL of those things and do some reading too???   Here is the Independence Pillow Pal activity!  Create one or two together and then use them while you read!  Creating a comfortable reading area for your children is one of the keys to ‘hooking’ them to reading!  Read along with them too-remember to bring your Independence Pillow Pal along!

What you need:

  • Fabric glue/Stapler
  • scissors
  • 2 pieces of felt-1 red & 1 blue
  • One bag of cotton balls

What to do:

  1. Stack both pieces of felt together and seal/staple one side.
  2. Take a handful of cotton balls and begin placing into the “pillow” until there is a reasonable amount of cotton.
  3. Seal/staple a second side of the pillow, making sure that the cotton balls remain inside of the pillow.
  4. Seal/staple the third side of the pillow, again, make sure that the cotton balls remain inside of the pillow.
  5. At this point, I would recommend administering the ‘squish’ test in order to determine if the level of firmness is to your child’s liking.  Add more cotton or take out some cotton if you need to!
  6. Once the pillow is exactly perfectly filled, seal/staple the final side of the pillow. If you used the fabric glue, allow at least 3o minutes for drying time.
  7. The Independence Pillow is now ready to be used!!

Happy Learning!


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Setting Short-term goals with your children 11 days??? Really?

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. heathercnelson  |  July 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    I like it! My 8 year old can easily make one also.


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