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DIY Stress Toy - Super Fun Squishy Ball - 7 Days of Play

DIY Stress Toy – Super Fun Squishy Ball

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Does your kiddo love squishy, stretchy, smooshy toys?! This DIY stress toy is super easy to make and is a budget-friendly way to get out that urge to squish!

DIY Stress Toy For Sensory Fun

I love this fun sensory toy because it helps kids work through big emotions and feelings. We all know that feeling, right? When we’re stressed and needing to unwind, being able to distract ourselves with this DIY stress toy is a great place to channel that energy! And since kids can quickly help make this fun sensory activity, it’s really a win-win for all. 

One of the main supplies for creating this DIY stress toy is water beads. For more information about what water beads are and where to get them check out our post that explains Everything You Need to Know About Water Beads.

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How to Make a DIY Stress Toy

This DIY stress ball is so simple to make! Watch the video to see our hack to easily getting water beads inside balloons with no mess! And don’t forget to include the kids in the making of this toy – they will enjoy the process! They can easily hold the funnel and help build this squishy ball from start to finish. Just be there for grown up supervision and to assist if they need help tying the balloon.

How to Make a DIY Stress Toy

This DIY stress ball is so simple to make! Watch the video to see our hack to easily getting water beads inside balloons with no mess! And don’t forget to include the kids in the making of this toy – they will enjoy the process! They can easily hold the funnel and help build this squishy ball from start to finish. Just be there for grown up supervision and to assist if they need help tying the balloon.

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Skip the Store and Make it Yourself!

Once you realize how simple it is to make your own stress ball at home, you’ll save some money and skip buying them at the store! The steps are clear and concise and are simple so that kids will be able to join in on the fun. When we can, we love making sensory bases ourselves like slime and dyed pasta!

We used clear balloons so that we could see the colorful water beads inside, but you can switch it up based on your color preferences! 

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Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Make water beads by adding them to water and waiting 24 hours for them to expand to full size.

Step 2

Use a funnel to add the water beads into a water bottle.

Step 3

Blow up a clear balloon and secure it to the lid of the bottle.

Step 4

Drop the water beads into the balloon.

Step 5

Let the air out of the balloon, making sure to prevent any water beads from spilling out.

Step 6

Tie the balloon shut.

Step 1

Make water beads by adding them to water and waiting 24 hours for them to expand to full size.

Step 2

Use a funnel to add the water beads into a water bottle.

Step 3

Blow up a clear balloon and secure it to the lid of the bottle.

Step 4

Drop the water beads into the balloon.

Step 5

Let the air out of the balloon, making sure to prevent any water beads from spilling out.

Step 6

Tie the balloon shut.

The Benefits of This DIY Stress Toy

This sensory activity is the perfect way to help kids learn how to feel items and process them. This activity also strengthens the muscles in their hands for stronger fine motor skills. You can also use this to identify colors based on the water beads that they see and work on spelling out those colors.

The squeezing of the sensory ball is excellent for helping with anxiety and emotions as well. This is a great way to help them learn how to calm themselves while keeping their hands and mind busy at the same time.

diy stress ball squishy ball
diy stress ball squishy ball

The Benefits of This DIY Stress Toy

This sensory activity is the perfect way to help kids learn how to feel items and process them. This activity also strengthens the muscles in their hands for stronger fine motor skills. You can also use this to identify colors based on the water beads that they see and work on spelling out those colors.

The squeezing of the sensory ball is excellent for helping with anxiety and emotions as well. This is a great way to help them learn how to calm themselves while keeping their hands and mind busy at the same time.

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy – great for sensory bins!

Sensory Sand

This sensory sand is similar to the texture of Kinetic Sand, but it comes in a bulk pack of 11 pounds to fill up a sensory bin nicely! It is eco friendly and non-toxic.

Multi Size Water Beads

This set of water beads comes in two sizes, including the jumbo size! Water beads are a wonderful sensory experience, and non-toxic. Needs supervision!

Sensory Modeling Dough

This sensory material is a super-soft moldable, stretchable dough that never dries out! A sensory sand and play dough had a baby, this would be it!

Pluffle

This sensory base is super weird, but awesome! It literally comes to life before your eyes – super mesmerizing! It sticks together, but doesn’t stick to your hands!

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