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Monday, 14 May 2012

Sensory Balloons | Toddler Stress Balls


My inspiration for these came from here - Preschool Play; they looked irresistible and went straight on my Pinterest Board of things to do. I finally got round to making them when I was near the end of my pregnancy with Poppy; I thought they would be a great addition to Jake's busy baskets (for when Im busy with baby things). I decided to fill the balloons with different things, rather than just playdough as I thought it would keep Jake's interest for a little longer. I decided not to add the faces to keep it simple, plus I or Jake can add them later  to give them a new lease of life if necessary. 



To make these sensory balloons you will need: 
  • Balloons (different colours work best)
  • Playdough
  • Pasta shapes
  • Rice  
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Anything else you want to put inside; some ideas: flour, water or gel (if you're brave), lentils, beans, salt, sand.



Playdough (my favourite)

Rice (Jake's favourite)
Sugar
Fusili Pasta 

Jake played with these for about 5 or 10 minutes at a time; he talks about how each one feels and tells me the rice filled one is his favourite. They help him chill out for a little bit if and when he needs to; he doesn't sit still for more than 20 seconds normally so 5 or 10 minutes is miraculous! I also sit and play with them sometimes; the playdough balloon is great for working out some tension, and of course Jake loves it when I join in with his activities. :-) Highly recommend this for all ages! 

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