Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A rice-filled cooling pad for children...

{drumroll please...} 

The Chick-sicle!

{A rice-filled Cooling Pad for children}

As a mother of seven and grandmother to eight, I have learned a thing or two over the years. One thing I discovered early on is a Scooby-Doo band-aide or a baggie of ice can make all the difference in "healing" a child's scratched knee or bruised arm. The acknowledgment of pain goes a long way in the soothing of it.

A couple of months ago I designed and shared this pattern.  I called them "Love Birds." They are owl inspired rice-filled heating pads for children...

Because they were so successful, I started thinking about creating a smaller version of the heating pad -- one that could be used as an ice pack. As a result these Chick-sicles were hatched...

I've never liked the idea of using a baggie -- filled with freezing, hard pieces of ice -- as a cold pack on a little one's boo-boos! It seems too abrasive and uncomfortable to me, but kids love the attention they receive when they are given a cold pack to soothe a hurt. 

I discovered in the process of creating this pattern, that it's much more difficult to create a pattern for something that is small, than a larger item. Trying to put enough detail to make it unique in a smaller space, takes talent -- quite possibly more than I possess! Never-the-less, these little chicks were born...

Chick-sicles can be stored in the freezer until just the right moment. When taken out and applied to a skinned knee, the frozen rice will cool and soothe the hurt {both physically and mentally}...

The front of the Chick-sicle is made from scraps of cotton. The back is covered with soft flannel...

They are approximately 5 1/2 inches tall which is a manageable size for a little one. {Plus, this egg-shaped chick might work as an item in an Easter basket.}

 I've decided to make this pattern
and some brief instructions on how to make my
Chick-sicle Cooling Pad 
 available to all!

Click here
to be transported to my Etsy store to purchase my
 Chick-sicle pattern and instructions!


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