Emotional Stress Ball Balloons

I’ve seen this project on a couple other blogs and thought it would be a great way to teach my son about emotions. I found a bag of all yellow balloons at Target and it reminded me of the classic smiley face. I thought this would make the perfect canvas for all of our different faces/emotions.

All you need to make stress balls are flour, a funnel, a black sharpie and balloons. I couldn’t find our funnel (figures) so I cut the bottom off of an empty water bottle and it worked just as well.

Stretch the opening of the balloon over the end of your funnel. Scoop flour into it and shake down till it fills your balloon. Tie the balloon off and draw on your face with the black sharpie!

I added on colored yarn to make some fun crazy hair. The hair is just an untrimmed pom pom. Google “how to make a yarn pom pom” for simple tutorials. The colored hair came in handy because I also printed out each balls emotion in its coordinating color. This made it easier for my son to match up the ball to its emotion.

I asked him which ball feels “happy” and then explained, when we are happy, we smile!

Our little game worked well and we played it over and over again. When we were done, I threw out the little pieces of paper, but ended up having to print more out when he wanted to play again later that evening – I should have known better :o)

When not talking about emotions, these little guys are fun to squeeze, squash, smash and smoosh. Perfect for sensory play!



  1. says

    I've been pondering and looking for ideas to help teach my lil guy about emotions…this idea is great!! and hands on…good for my boy who's always on the go go go…;) thanks for sharing

  2. says

    What a great idea! I am going to share this with a mum who has an autistic boy. They practice emotions all the time and this is a great hands on activity. Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op!

  3. says

    You've been featured on Wednesday Whatsits! Come by this week's party to grab your button. Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you again. :)

  4. says

    These are wonderful!! I will definitely have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I hope you are having an amazing week!

  5. Anonymous says


    These look so cute, can you tell me what you used to attach the pom poms to the balloon? I assume glue, but I was wondering what kind adhered to the balloon best

  6. says

    Hello! I am a teacher who works with students with emotional disabilities and other behavior issues. I also blog about my experiences to help others. One of our counselors makes stress balls with our kids like these. I was searching for a picture of them for my blog. I loved your picture and your blog post so I have mentioned your blog and linked to it in my post that will be going out on Thursday. Thank you for sharing!

    Heather Salsman
    Teaching Through Turbulence

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