Learn how to make DIY stress balls for kids using everyday household items. Not only is this a fun family craft, but playing with a stress ball can help fidgety kids channel stress, anxiety and hyperactivity. You can also add your favorite essential oils to the stress ball.
Even though he’s almost a teen, my son and I still like to do crafts and projects together. When the July Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box arrived in the mail, he was happy to join me in making some fun kid-friendly aromatherapy projects, including DIY stress balls for kids.
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Every month, Simply Earth sends out a new, themed Essential Oil Recipe Box to subscribers. Each monthly subscription box includes all the ingredients, containers and extras you need to make six natural recipes for less than $40.
Right now, new subscribers also get a big Bonus Box that includes lots of items you can use to make homemade bath and beauty products. The box includes beeswax, which is great for making lip balms or hand salves, solid coconut oil that you can use in lotions, and two carrier oils, plus essential oil blend bottles and rollerball bottles.
I couldn’t believe how much good stuff came in the monthly box and the bonus box.
Simply Earth is offering a special freebie for Atta Girl Says readers who subscribe to the Essential Oil Recipe Box.
When you sign up using the code ATTAGIRLSAYSFREE, you will also receive a $40 gift card shipped with your first box and bonus box. You just have to be sure you enter the code ATTAGIRLSAYSFREE at checkout.
The first project Jackson and I made from the recipe box was an essential oils stress ball. My son deals with some anxiety, and he has a nervous habit of chewing his fingernails. Now that he’s gotten braces, he needs to break that habit. A stress ball is just what he needs to keep his hands busy and out of his mouth.
Supplies for DIY Stress Balls for Kids
To make a DIY stress ball, you’ll need the following household items:
- an empty water or soda bottle
- a balloon
- a funnel
- measuring cup
- essential oils
- dishcloth, newspaper or paper towel
How to Make DIY Stress Balls for Kids
Even if your kid is older, I recommend putting down newspaper, paper towels or a kitchen towel to catch any spills. This made cleanup so much for easier.
Using a funnel, pour 1 cup of flour into an empty, clean, dry plastic bottle.
We started out using a plastic funnel, but then switched to a paper one with a larger opening. (I actually snipped the end off a sno-cone cup to make the paper funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, you can roll a piece of paper into a cone shape and insert it into the bottle.)
We found it best to pour a little bit of flour into the funnel at a time, then we shook it gently into the bottle.
Next, add 13 drops of essential oil to the bottle. You can use your favorite blend, just make sure that the oils are safe for children. In this case, we used tangerine, fir needle and lavender essential oil that came in the Simply Earth subscription box.
Replace the cap on the bottle and shake well to incorporate the oils throughout the flour.
Next, blow up the balloon to stretch it. Let it deflate, then secure it over the mouth of the plastic bottle.
While holding the balloon on the bottle, turn the bottle upside down and squeeze the flour into the balloon.
Simply Earth has a great video that shows how to squeeze the flour into the balloon.
If you have trouble squeezing the flour into the balloon, just be patient and work slowly. Sometimes, you may have to use your fingers to push the flour from the neck of the balloon into the bulb of the balloon.
Pinch the balloon closed and remove from the bottle, then tie to secure.
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My son and I ended up making all the projects in the Simply Earth subscription box.
The all-natural slime was really fun to make. It was like watching a science experiment!
We actually enjoyed working on all the projects, and I know we’ll use them all. The homework diffuser blend will come in handy when school starts, and I think we’re both looking forward to using the Sweet Dreams bath salts. We shared the lavender scented bubbles with our toddler neighbors. They had so much fun chasing the bubbles in the cul-de-sac.
I can’t wait to get the next Simply Earth subscription box to see what fun recipes and essential oils it includes.
Don’t forget to use code ATTAGIRLSAYSFREE when you sign up to get your $40 gift card along with your first box and the big bonus box.