Our dog LOVES chewing apart stuffed animals. She always attacks them at the head, rips it open, and pulls the stuffing out the ear. Every. Single. Time. Kind of creepy. At least it is good incentive for our boys to keep their favourite toys away in their bedroom!!
We decided to try and make her some chewing toys, and see if she’d like them as much as the stuffed animals she chews up. We saw some fun braided ones, and decided to try our hand at making them out of fleece. The key to the braiding is to keep it all as tight as possible. The kids had a hard time, but I gave them each a few strands tied together to practice with, and they got really good at doing it.
It’s pretty simple. Cut three strips of fleece about an inch wide and 4-5 feet long. Start by tying a regular knot in the middle of the three strands. Pull it pretty tight.
Braid one side as tightly as you can – about 6 inches or so. Secure it with a paper clip. Do the same thing with the other side.
When you’ve finished the second braid, take out the paper clips and line up the 3 strands from the second braid right over the 3 strands from the first braid. Braid these double strands together for the final section.
A few inches from the bottom, tie all the strands together with one large knot. Pull it really tight.
Voila! So easy to make. And great fine-motor skills development for the kids!
Great to give away as gifts, or to sell as a fundraiser!