McKenna is in love with those slow rising squish toys. The ones that cost like $10 a piece, are played with for ten seconds then eaten by the dog– those toys. Luckily she’s turning into a creative little kiddo and found a way to make a squish toy on her own.
As soon as she asked to use the paint I had my doubts about this whole project but making squish toys actually was easy, cheap and cute. I promised her we could make a Youtube tutorial of the whole process. After a few hours of yelling at the computer I think I’ve got the tutorial video making process down pat. Next time I won’t swear at the computer. According to McKenna we’re like two videos away from JoJo Siwa level of Youtube stardom.
All you need for this project is:
- memory foam pillow
- fabric paint (We found spray fabric paint which seemed to work well at getting in all the little nooks and crannies of the memory foam.)
Here’s McKenna’s video explaining the whole process:
If you like your instructions slower and with less background music here are the simple steps to making your own slow rising squish toy:
- Cut off section of memory foam
- Draw out your design. I recommend starting with something simple. Memory foam is not very easy to cut. Cut out a rough outline of your design.
- Trim and trim and trim. Since the foam is hard to cut it’s going to take some tweaking to get your design right. McKenna actually loved this part because she got to use my scissors for longer. Just keep timing down your edges until you get the detail you want.
- Paint with fabric paint.
- Work the fabric paint throughout the foam by massaging and squishing it in.
- Touch up paint in any areas needed. Your paint may soak in quite a bit.
- Once dry you can add additional details with permanent marker.
- After the marker has set you can squish away!
McKenna would love to hear what you think about this craft. If you try it make sure to let us know in the comments. She’d also love 1.2 million views of her video but I think a comment or two might be more realistic.
If you’re interested in another one of our DIYs for kids who love to squish stuff here’s our favorite recipe for play dough.
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