Play Therapy Interventions

2 Ways to Make Stress Balls

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I LOVE using stress balls in child therapy! Stress balls are a great way to work on coping skills with kiddos. You can have them squeeze the stress balls when they are feeling anxious or angry, play with the stress balls when they are hyper and unable to go outside and play, or use the stress balls in progressive muscle relaxation.

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So here’s what you need for the first variation:

-Play Doh

-2 Balloons

First take the two balloons that you would like to use for the stress ball. One will be for the outside and one will be for the inside. No one will see the inside balloon, so it doesn’t matter what color it is.

Open the inside balloon and put in the play doh. Make sure all of the air is out and then tie the balloon in the knot.

Now for the second balloon! The reason it’s helpful to use two balloons is to make the stress ball stronger and able to handle little hands! Open the outside balloon and then put the inside balloon inside. Squeeze all of the air out and tie the balloon in a knot.

There you have it! Your first version of a stress ball!

For the next variation, here is what you need:

-Sand

-Funnel

-2 Balloons

First take the two balloons that you would like to use for the stress ball. One will be for the outside and one will be for the inside. Similar to the first stress ball variation, no one will see the inside balloon, so it doesn’t matter what color it is. Using two balloons makes the stress ball stronger and more resilient.

Open the inside balloon and put in the funnel. Slowly put sand into the funnel in order to fill the balloon. Once the balloon is filled to your liking, make sure all of the air is out and then tie the balloon in the knot.

Now for the second balloon! Open the outside balloon and then put the inside balloon inside. Squeeze all of the air out and tie the balloon in a knot and you have yet another stress ball!

Is there another way that you make stress balls in your work as a child therapist? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “2 Ways to Make Stress Balls

  1. Hi Kait! Thanks for all the awesome posts 🙂 I am always excited to see your email pop up!! Corn starch also makes good stress ball filling, gives it a slightly different texture and is lighter!!

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  2. Put slime in the balloons. Also make many “sensory balls” by putting flour, coffee (I like to use FV for the scent), uncooked beans or uncooked rice into the balloons! Homemade Koolaid playdough is also lots of fun because it smells awesome and has a softer texture!!

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