Friday, 7 October 2011

playdough stress ball-oons

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Today we made these stress ball-oons inspired by these ones from Pre-School Play...

I filled up some ballons with an old batch of playdough and scribbled on some faces with Sharpies... the faces do rub off after a bit of handling but this gives you a chance to invent some more!

And there you have it... a work-out for little hand muscles (a pre-cursor to early writing skills), practising our colours and an introduction to talking about emotions - not as my other half suggested, for the kids to take out their aggression on!


  1. Way cool and easy. How did you get the play dough in the balloon? Just little by little?

    I would love for you to linkup and share this over on my mommy solution meme.

  2. very cute, I know my little fella will love these!

  3. What a great idea!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday - at

    Natasha xx

  4. Fun idea to do with a balloon. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a cute idea! They came out great! Your blog header is way cute! I would love for you to link up at TGIF Linky Party -
    Beth =-)

  6. What a cool idea! I bet they feel really neat. I would also like to know how you got the playdough inside the balloons.

  7. I really like this idea. Very cute. Thanks for all the posts you shared on Monday Madness. That was a lot to share and they were all fun.

  8. Getting the playdough inside the balloons wasn't hard just time-consuming. I rolled down the neck bit of the balloon and squashed in the dough little by little, then reshape and add more. The balloons were cheap supermarket kind which I think added to their stretchiness - I def wouldn't try with water balloons.

    You can see the balloons all turned out different shapes because I couldn't find a great technique for getting the dough in without it sticking down the sides! I have also read that this is easier with cooked playdough than non-cook as it's less sticky.

    Hope this helps guys!

  9. Cathy@pre-schoolplay2 April 2012 at 18:20

    Thanks for linking up to my blog:-) Love your balloons! I noticed a couple of people asked you about getting the dough into the balloons. I found it was easier if I rolled the dough into a sausage shape, open the balloon with two fingers from each hand and use your thumbs to feed the dough in - if that makes sense!

  10. Thank you SO much for sharing your stress ball post with me. :)


  11. Love the idea but I found that making small, really small balls of dough, stretching the balloon neck over a clean plastic water bottle, inverting it and watched as the balls of dough slid into the balloon. Then remove the balloon and squeeze. That part was fun also.

  12. Exactly what a very cool idea! we choice people become completely neat. I would besides like to understand how a person got will play dough inside the balloons.

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