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Stress Ball Balloons

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Help an upset child to settle using the balloon stress balls, which children can use to manipulate.

Materials Needed:

  • balloons
  • filling (rice, flour, playdough, beans, oil, waterbeads, water, slime, toothpaste)
  • funnel
  • scissors
  • wool (optional)
  • marker (optional)

What To Do:

  • Stretch out your balloon.
  • Choose your filling
  • Stick a funnel into the neck of the balloon.
  • Slowly fill the balloon.
  • Remove the funnel from the balloon and let out as much air as you can.
  • Tie the neck of the balloon closed tightly.
  • Snip off the excess rubber.

Hints and Tips:

  • Double layer the balloon - once you fill the balloon and tie it, and another balloon over the top to secure it.
  • Draw faces on the balloon
  • Decorate the balloon - add wool for hair or googly eyes etc.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:
    • shows a variety of emotions
    • shows independence

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:
    • 3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing.
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