Stress balls are small rubber like balls that can be manipulated easily to alleviate stress. Stress balls can also give those people who have a hard time focusing something to do while studying, reading, writing or any other activities that do not otherwise require movement. Additionally, stress balls are a rock climber's best friend. Squeezing a stress ball can strengthen the forearm muscles needed for such activities. Luckily, making your own stress ball is easy to do using a balloon and flour.
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Things you need
Determine what the stress ball will be used for as each use requires different materials as noted below.
Find a balloon to make the stress ball with. The balloon should be made of thick latex that will not break easily. For stress balls used to focus, consider smaller balloons that can slip between fingers and palm easily. For stress balls used for stress relief a medium sized balloon is more appropriate. For muscle development in the forearms, try a larger balloon for the greatest workout.
Blow up the balloon halfway to stretch the sides. Wait for the inside of the balloon to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.
Place the funnel in the nozzle of the balloon. Ensure that the seal is tight to prevent any messy accidents.
Pour flour into the balloon using the funnel. To determine the right amount of flour give the balloon a little squeeze after each pour. Squeeze slowly to ensure that flour does not fly everywhere. Once the stress ball feels comfortable to you, it is full.
Tie off the top of the balloon by looping the nozzle of the balloon around your index finger and pushing the end of the nozzle through the hole where the finger is. Pull the knot tight and enjoy your stress ball.
Tips and warnings
- Latex balloons come in several fun shapes and in every color of the rainbow so have a little fun picking just the right one. For the largest selection visit a party supply store.