Anxiety,  Crafts,  Family

Stress Balls That Kids Can Make

I know this is going to come as a massive shock to most of you but since September, I have been educating our congregation’s youth (or yutes) as a Sunday School teacher.


I know, it’s almost shocking to myself as well.

To make you feel better, it’s an every other week gig and the other teacher is probably WAY more qualified and dignified than me.

But I do love spending that time with the kids, talking about their week, lifting them up, making a craft.

Oh, and talking about the bible.



So because I love God and Jesus but the Bible can get kind of boring (especially for kids….and me), I decided to let each of the kids direct one craft this year for the class.

They would have to bring the materials and then show the class how to do the craft.

AND somehow I have to tie it in to Jesus.

I never said it was a well thought out plan. 

Immediately Ella said she wanted to make stress balls, er, I maybe suggested she do them because she completely blew my mind a few months ago by creating a stress ball all MacGyver-like one lazy Saturday.

She’d asked me if she could get some balloons and sand while we were at a local thrift store. At first, I thought it was an odd request but she is the queen of seeing outside the box and I thought maybe it was for her horse farm she is slowly creating down in our basement playroom. To give you an example: she makes horse jumps out of plastic straws, coffee stirrers from Starbucks or bridles for her play horses out of hair ties. It’s brilliant really because that crap costs A LOT of money in the toy stores. Maybe she should open an Etsy store.

Anyhoo, I thought it was the perfect craft idea because 1) it was easy to make and 2) it was cheap to make and 3) it could possibly be tied into being a Christian or Jesus or Noah or SOMETHING.

I never said I was qualified for this gig. 

Note- the following pictures are not blog worthy. I was teaching 11 yutes about being good human beings, I had a massive migraine headache, and well, just SAND. So shield your eyes SITS, or Pioneer Woman, or Gwyneth Paltrow, as there is nothing inspiring about these photographs. 

This is what you will need:

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A bag of sand; this is what they had at Dollar Tree and color won’t matter as it will be inside the balloon. We needed four bags since we had lots of stress balls to make, so adjust to your needs.

A package of balloons; Dollar Tree again and these were happy faces were perfect for our lesson’s message this day: being encouraging to others.

stress balls

If you have a plastic funnel, that works best to put the sand into the balloon but alas we forgot ours.

Ella being the little MacGyver that she is, suggested that we just roll up sheet paper to create a funnel.

Maybe she should be teaching this class. 

You will only need to fill the balloon halfway, maybe a little less.

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Then you tie the balloons to close them up. I cannot tie a balloon (fat finger problems); again, maybe she should be teaching the class.

Ella also informed me while shopping for the above supplies, that you could use slime in place of the sand.

Actually, she preferred that as the sand can leak out of the balloon but the slime won’t.

But slime with 11 children under the age of 12 was NOT happening on this teacher’s watch, so sand it was!

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When you’re done, you have a stress ball to squeeze!

Stress balls are now more popular than ever but have been around for a long time.

Ella uses them to help her concentrate when she is doing school work but also uses them to help with her anxiety in stressful situations.

The kids in this class were so excited about making them, even asking me each week if THIS was the week we were making them, so we may make them again and not tie them into anything because I am a sinner rebel like that.

stress balls

I love to write about my family, John Hughes, tacos and Bruce Hornsby. Not necessarily in that order.


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