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Yellow stress ball made from a balloon being held in child's hand

DIY Stress Ball for Fidgety Students

By Cindy Hopper

School is back in session! Some children find stress balls and fidget toys extremely therapeutic. This DIY stress ball will not only keep hands busy but is also a fun (and easy!) craft to make.

What you will need for each stress ball:

  1. two balloons
  2. about 1/3 cup of play dough
  3. a Sharpie marker.

a package of different color play dough, a black Sharpie pen and two yellow balloons on a white table top

How to make your stress ball:

Take one balloon and fill it with the play dough.  Two pairs of hands make easy work of this task. Have one person hold the balloon open and the other can fill.

a yellow balloon (not filled with air) and a chunk of purple play dough on a white counter top

Once the play dough is inside the balloon, take it and put it inside the other balloon so you have two layers of balloons around the play dough.

putting play dough inside of a yellow balloon

Give the stress ball a face with a Sharpie marker and you have created a useful stress ball with a personality!

a child's hand drawing a happy face with a black Sharpie on a yellow balloon

 

a hand squeezing a yellow stress ball made from play dough and balloons

More Back-to-School Ideas from Alpha Mom:

  1. Back-to-School Friendship Bracelet Cards 
  2. Back-to-School Labels and Stickers for Organization
  3. First Day of School Breakfast Sign Printable
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Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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Lauren

We do this all the time at my work (I’m an occupational therapist)- you can also fill with flour or dry beans using a funnel for different textures!