PROJECT #036: JUPITER THE RABBIT
Meet Jupiter The Rabbit!
She shakes you warmly by the hand with her heavy, floppy paw 🙂
Jupiter is a sensory weighted toy made from merino yarn, a natural fiber, hand dyed with a deliciously fresh candy rainbow of colours! (by the amaaazing Miss La Motte Yarns)
Well, let’s start with the yarn:
We are naturally drawn to natural materials; holding and touching them has a positive effect on us. Toys made with natural fibers are durable and can be handed down to your child’s future siblings and even their own children one day. Jupiter’s merino body is the perfect bundle of soft, natural warmth and squishy-ness!
You might also be interested to know that weighted toys provide comfort for sleeping and relaxing in general; for long car rides, reading before bed, or watching TV. They also have fantastic benefits for people with autism and developmental disorders, with their ability to calm and provide sensory stimulation.
Children who have difficulty switching off and who don’t sleep well because of their sensory seeking behavior find calmness and control with the sensation of surface pressure that a weighted toy provides. Weighted therapy benefits anyone who has trouble unwinding, a short attention span or tactile sensitivity.
Holding toys with weight give us information about our body’s position and movement via receptors on the skin, in the muscles, joints and ligaments. Those with a poor awareness of their body position often display behavior that gives them sensory feedback, such as rocking, twirling or trouble sleeping.
Weighted therapy is becoming widely recommended by professionals who work with adults and children with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Retts syndrome, Downs syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder. It is a safe and effective sensory treatment used in schools, hospitals and homes.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of weighted toys for people disabilities, here is an interesting read by Susan Hoffman on the Benefits of Weighted Products for Managing Sensory Processing Disorder
I have just released Jupiter’s new crochet pattern with the help of the fabulous team at Hooked on Sunshine, where you can also buy your own luscious merino yarn kit for making her! The pattern has detailed instructions, showing you step-for-step how to crochet, stuff, position and sew every piece of floppy bun bun!
There are LOADS of photos to guide you through your project, and even a bonus supplement with extra tutorials on all the crochet and sewing techniques you’ll need to make her. If you can do basic crochet, you can make Jupiter! If you happen to get stuck, you can even contact me directly for one-on-one help with your project 🙂
I’d love to see YOUR bunnies! If you’re on Facebook, please join the artisan tribe and share your Jupiter photos with us. Alternatively, tag your Instagram photos with #JupiterTheRabbit or @Projectarian.
Thanks for stopping by!