Easy DIY Stress Balls

I’m always on the hunt for hands-on tools for my students to help them manage feelings! In first grade, we’ve been talking a lot about managing frustration or annoyance. We’ve covered recognizing feelings, simple problem solving, calming strategies and so much more! For some of my more physically responsive students, I wanted to help them create a tool they could rely on when they need to safely exert tension from feelings. These easy DIY stress balls were the perfect take-home tool for them!

Looking for super simple DIY stress balls? These are so easy to make and students love them! Try it for your next calming strategy lesson.

DIY Stress Balls

Lesson

These stress balls are perfect for any classroom guidance lesson or small group activity focused on coping skills. I made these with my first graders after reading Buffalo Fluffalo and discussing how it’s okay to not be “tough” all the time and that it’s okay to talk to others about our feelings! Check out some of these awesome book lists:

Supplies

  • Balloons
  • Rice
  • Kitchen Funnel
  • Dry erase markers (optional)
  • Yarn (optional)

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To Make

Put the opening of the balloon around the bottom of the funnel. Pour in a bit of rice – around 1/4 cup. Tie the balloon. If you want to, add a face with a dry erase marker and add some hair by tying yarn around the balloon knot! So easy!

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