How to make a stress (or fun) ball

by Zach Holmes (8).

One of our little smsers, Zach Holmes, is working for us over the summer. Here is his video. He scripted and edited it all himself, explaining how to make a simple stress ball, or as he likes to call them fun balls.

We hope you enjoy this quick and easy activity you can try with your little ones over the summer holidays.

If you have any ideas you would like Zach to film or pictures of your stress ball, tweet us at @scimadesimple

Full instructions are below the video.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • A balloon
  • A teaspoon
  • Tray or tablecloth to catch any spills
  • Someone to help you
  • Things to decorate your stress/fun ball with when it is finished

What to do:

1. Blow up the balloon a few times and let it down again so the rubber is stretched.

2. Get someone to open the neck of the flat balloon using four fingers.

3. Use a teaspoon to fill the balloon with flour.

4. Make sure all the air is out, by squeezing it out. The more air you get out the better it will be.

5. Tie up your balloon.

6. Make loads for all your friends!! You can also decorate them however you wish.

7. See what shapes you can make, how long can you make it, can you make a square?


We hope you enjoy this activity just as much as we did! Send us pictures if you give it a go!

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