I am so excited to share with you my DIY mouse ears for kids with SPD or Autism. Don’t let sensory processing disorder stop your family from visiting Disneyland. While I’ve provided tips and tricks for helping your sensory child navigate a theme park like Disney, I also want to give you a fun way to transform your child’s ear protection ear muffs or sound cancelling headphones into beloved mouse ears to wear at the park. I’m providing a video tutorial for your convenience.
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Materials Needed to Make DIY Mouse Ears for Kids with SPD or Autism
- Ear Protection Ear Muffs or Noise Cancelling Headphones – The difference is that one simply muffles sound while the other is bluetooth and meant to connect with a music player.
- Black Stick-it Felt
- Free Mouse Ears Outline Printable
- X-acto Knife
How to Make DIY Mouse Ears for Kids with SPD or Autism
- Print out the mouse ear outline provided.
- Cut out the mouse ear outline with scissors.
- Trace the outline of the ears on the back of the black stick-it felt.
- Cut out the felt ear outline with scissors.
- Using the X-acto knife, cut a a line across the backing of the sticky felt, leaving a small two inch rectangle in the center (see video for visual understanding). This step is not necessary, but I found it helpful in removal of the mouse ears so that headphones can be used again. I also was able to adjust the position of the ears easier having a portion of the felt that was not stuck to the ear muffs.
- Peel off the two ends of the adhesive felt. Position carefully, considering where both ears will go, and wrap felt around the ear muff, sticking the two ends right on top of each other.
- Trim off any felt around the edges that didn’t line up perfectly.
- Repeat for ear number two.
This video tutorial will make it very easy for you to see the process of creating these simple DIY Mouse Ears for Kids with SPD or Autism.
We want to give our kids every opportunity to enjoy the abundance of life. Disneyland might be a part of that for your family. With a sensory kid, I don’t want you to feel limited. Kids want the full experience with the mouse ears, but sometimes noise cancellation has to be a priority. These DIY Mouse Ears for Kids with SPD or Autism give you the best of both worlds.
The felt wrapped around the headband is not obtrusive, so it will not provide extra textures to irritate your child. Do note, that with all headphones, you will want to chose a pair that is comfortable for your child. My child felt the “Snug” brand featured here were too tight. However, once worn for a bit, they became more comfortable and a desired brand because they do a great job of reducing noise input. You might want to order a few different pairs to try out before committing to a particular brand.
These mouse ears can be made into girl Mouse ears by adding a bow to one of the ears. Follow the tutorial by One Creative House Wife to discover how to make a cute polka dot bow.