This super simple activity for how to make stress balls for kids is just what you need. If you are looking for a sensory activity, a stress-relieving idea, a fidget ball, or something to help strengthen hand muscles, DIY stress balls are amazing.
Homemade Stress balls are a fun activity to make together with kids. And they make great gifts too!
Homemade Stress Balls
Stress Balls for Kids
Do you have a child that needs and enjoys sensory play with colorful, textured toys?
Does your child struggle to sit still? Do they like to fidget? What about you as an adult?
DIY Squishy Stress Ball
A DIY squishy stress ball is a great way to release stress and be creative. You can make stress balls with sand, playdough, slime, beans, and flour. Have fun with it.
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Balloon Stress Ball
DIY Stress Ball
This project is for you! It is frugal and fun, and my children went crazy over them. I was especially surprised over how everyone from toddlers to teens (and adults) had the same reaction. These were played with for hours and help up really well to my kids playing with them roughly and outside.
Stress balls are a great thing to have in the homeschool room to allow children to “keep moving” while still sitting still. This is a time tested strategy for helping those kids who struggle with sitting still to focus for longer.
Use these for low impact exercise as adults! My father mentioned how great these DIY Sensory, Stress-Relief Balls are for him to use. He was in a car accident about 6 months ago and has had a lot of shoulder and arm pain. By using stress balls to squeeze and exercise, it’s helping those muscles in his hands and arm all while sitting.
How to Make a Stress Ball
What you will need to make your stress ballons is in this list below. However, I have it displayed in a recipe list form to print out towards the bottom of the page. Have Fun!
- 4 balloons
- 2-3 tablespoons oil
- 1 cup of sand
- essential oil of your choice (optional)
How to Make Stress Balls
- Blow up each individual balloon a little to stretch them out. It just helps to make sure all the ingredients fall in more smoothly.
- Put the balloon end around the funnel tip. Pour the ingredients in slowly so as not to clog the funnel.
- Add 1 cup of plain dry flour to one balloon and then add 2-3 tablespoons of oil on top of that, tie off, and mix within the balloon to create a squishy play dough effect. You will have to go slowly on this one to make sure the oil does not come back out of the funnel.
- Add 1 cup of sand to one balloon and tie off.
- Add 1 drop of essential oil to the inside of the balloon end. I used the Gentle Baby blend from Young Living. Make sure it is child safe. Certain essential oils can have a calming effect and as the children play or adults use these they will have the benefit of the calming essential oils on their senses.
- Other ingredients to try … popcorn kernels, lentils, sugar, powdered sugar. All of these would have a different texture to them.
Once you make stress balls your kids will also love these stress putty ideas too.
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