Simple Service: Fleece Dog Toys

Service Project: Make dog toys for Greenhill Humane Society

Prep time: 15 minutes if cutting fleece into strips ahead of time

Cost: <$5, use fleece scraps you have or look for cheap fleece blankets at thrift stores

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Lesson(s) learned: we can serve animals too

How we did it: Old School has some great day camps this summer and we've partnered with them to do a service project at each of their camps.  This week's theme was "Pet Parade" so we made fleece dog toys.  

To prepare for the camp, we got fleece and cut it into 40" x 3" strips with the stretch on the long side.  Each toy needs 3 strips so plan accordingly.  

We started with a little introduction on what animal shelters are and the animals that live there.  We all agreed that the dogs would love some new toys.  The kids each chose their strips and paired off.  The pairs decided who would hold the fabric and who would braid first (and then they made another and traded roles).  The "holder" measured their arm-length down and grabbed the fabric there then the "braider" started braiding.  

When the braided part was centered between the loose fabrics (so equal amount of loose fabric on both sides of the braid) we stopped, looped the braid back on itself, and matched fabrics on each side to braid it all the way to the end.  

To finish it off, we tied a tight knot at the end, pulling the knot down until it wouldn't budge.  

The kids were pretty stoked about the toys and the dogs at Greenhill were too!  

When I dropped the toys off, Jax (one of the dogs we had talked about in our intro during camp) got to test out the toys.  They won his approval and I'm sure his friends will love theirs too!  Thanks Old School Pet Parade campers for making some very happy dogs!

If you would like Little Hands Can to come to your camp, event, school, or party let us know!  Contact us for more details.  We'd love to help you help others.  

 

More photos if you want to make your own fleece dog toys.

3 strips of fleece - each 3" x 40"

3 strips of fleece - each 3" x 40"

Braid the middle part

Braid the middle part

Loop the braid back on itself and match fabrics

Loop the braid back on itself and match fabrics

Braid to the end, knot it, tug on the ends to make sure that they're tight, and trim the ends (if desired).

Braid to the end, knot it, tug on the ends to make sure that they're tight, and trim the ends (if desired).