six colourful stress balls

Stress balls are fun to squeeze and play with, and also offer an opportunity for students to engage with their senses, regulate their emotions, and increase their focus and concentration while doing school work or other activities. Watch the video or follow the steps below to make a stress ball! 


Materials to Make a Stress Ball

  • Flour 
  • Spoon 
  • Funnel 
  • Balloon 




  1. Stretch the opening of the balloon over the bottom of the funnel. Make sure it is completely over the narrow part of the funnel.
  2. Use the spoon to pour flour into the top of the funnel so that it moves down into the balloon. You could have a sibling or family member hold the bottom of the funnel while you do this to ensure minimal flour spillage.
  3. Continue filling the balloon with flour until it is almost full. If the flour gets stuck in the narrow part of the funnel, you can use the back of your spoon or something narrow like a pencil or straw to push the flour down into the balloon. 
  4. pink squishy ballOnce your balloon is full, gently remove the top from the funnel. Do this part slowly to minimize spilling. 
  5. Tie your balloon. This part can be tricky so you may need support from someone at home.
  6. Have fun squeezing your stress ball! You can also use a permanent marker to draw a design or silly face on your ball, or even attach some yarn to the top to make hair like the picture above! 


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Julia Hess

Julia is currently studying in the Concurrent Education program at Queen’s University with a major in Psychology. She loves working with kids and people with disabilities and spends time volunteering and working in many community settings. She loves getting to know everyone she works with while supporting them in working towards their goals, and she hopes to work as an Elementary Special Education teacher in the future.
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