Homemade Stress Ball

Homemade Stress Ball

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art

We call it the “squeeze your worries away ball.” I first made this homemade stress ball when my daughter now 5,was 3 years old and in her first preschool Christmas performance. She was so anxious about performing on stage. I told her she could squeeze all her worries out and we stuck the ball in her itty bitty pocket to take on stage with her. See, my daughter Emma, she is amazing. Sweet, kind, compassionate and…….she overthinks everything and worries…a lot. Already, at age 5. I don’t know where she gets it from!

This time our “squeeze your worries out” ball was made for a very big day. The first day of kindergarten. Such a highly anticipated day. So much excitement and so much fear all at once. I really can not believe this day is here. I hope that this year is everything she hopes for and everything I hope for. I hope she learns new things, makes new friends, sees new things and most of all I hope she is full of happiness as she embarks on the first big journey of childhood.

Homemade Stress Ball

Homemade Stress Ball

Homemade Stress Ball

Homemade Stress Ball

A child’s sensory system is so powerful. They learn, feel and cope through touch. Make a stress ball for your children so that they can have tangible ways to deal with their anxiety and stress in a postive manner.


toothpick or skewer


1. First, blow the balloon up several times to stretch it out a bit.

2. Stretch the balloon onto the funnel and start to spoon the cornstarch in.

3. We found out that using a skewer to help the cornstarch through the funnel was very helpful.

4. Once the balloon is full, tie the balloon and chat for awhile about the worries that need to be squeezed out.

This stress ball is very calming for Emma. I don’t think that she can bring it into class, but I will have her hold it during the car ride over on the first day of school as we talk about her excitement and worries.  And yes, I think I better make one for myself as well. Wish me luck!

For more sensory fun crafts from Melissa, head on over to Green Owl Art.

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11 Responses to Homemade Stress Ball

  1. Grandma Lia September 17, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    What a wonderful contribution! I’m sure this will be appreciated by many parents who want to help kids help themselves! Love you! Grandma Lia

  2. Rachelle Gilmore September 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Great idea, Melissa!

  3. Kayla Cole March 11, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    This is a terrible idea my child bite it and it popped in her face!!!

    • melissa mason September 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      As with anything else, you should always supervise your child and make sure its something appropriate for their age.

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  4. maksimmka February 29, 2016 at 1:30 am #

    Отличная идея!!! мне очень понравилось. Спасибо!!!

  5. OkinawaOwl00 August 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Does it have to be cornstarch? Can I use powdered sugar or flour?

    • Patsy December 26, 2016 at 2:45 am #

      Cool! That’s a clever way of looknig at it!

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