Make your own play dough stress balloons
Do your children get cross and stressed sometimes? Yes, they all do don’t they. Whether your children gets cross and stressed on a daily basis or not very often, it is nice to have something that may help them. We all like fiddling with those stress balls, they can help use up some of that negative energy, they can help focus the mind and they can help relieve stress. For this reason, we made our own play dough stress balloons. It’s simple and fun and a fantastic tool for helping children calm down and take out their negative feelings on.
How to make play dough stress balloons
- Strong balloons
- Play dough (we used homemade)
- Permanent markers
Stretch the balloon about slightly, to make it easier to insert the play dough.
As the balloon fills up it can get a little trickier, however, we discovered, if you push the play dough down in the centre, below the balloon end, it creates a hole/crater and therefore more space, which makes it easier.
Once you have filled the balloon to the size you’d like it, tie it off.
We enjoyed making these play dough stress balloons, it involved lots of rolling, squishing and poking. Pinky made hers into a cat, while Boo made a very strange monster. They have used them to fiddle with when they needed distracted and we’ve found it to be useful. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not going to solve any big issues, but it may help a little.
These balloons are a great for children to fiddle with when they are nervous or upset, as well as when stressed, or for fidgety children who struggle to keep still.