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We’ve made stress balls before, but over the years the rubber of the balloon broke down and I eventually threw them out. I do like to have stress balls around, I find them a great tool for helping children deal with their stress and anger.

You will need:

  • Water beads (readily available from amazon)
  • Balloon
  • Empty bottle
  • Container

Before you can make the stress balls you need to grow your water beads. Generally this takes about 24hrs, but make sure you follow the instructions on the packet.

Once the water beads are ready fill the empty bottle with them.

Then place the balloon around the end of the bottle.

Turn it upside down and squeeze the bottle to fill up the balloon.

When no more beads will go into the balloon, remove it from the bottle and tie off the end.

When we made ours we made them in the bathroom. The main reason being that water beads are very bouncy and go off in all directions when dropped. Doing it in the bathroom helped contain any escapes.

Not only did EC and YC enjoy making them, but they also became their favourite bath toys later on. They found it amusing that no matter how hard they tried to throw it into the water they just couldn’t get them to sink.

I’m not sure how long these ones will actually last, but I am hoping that they last just as long as the old ones.

Pin for later:

Make a sensory stress ball using water beads.