Sensory balloons – otherwise known as stress balls – are a great addition to sensory play. You can mold, squish and manipulate them. I love when my kids bust them out because they’re a great stress reliever for me, too!
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We’ve done sensory bins and we’ve done sensory bottles. I love sensory activities (obviously) so I wanted to keep going.
If you search on Pinterest, these can be called “sensory balls.” I couldn’t bring myself to call them that – because I’m 10 years old.
Anywho, I bring you Sensory Balloons.
Like most of my activities, you can find these contents at the dollar store (The Dollar Tree, to be exact.)
If you check out my other post about sensory bin filler ideas, a lot of those little things can be put into balloons for sensory balloons. Here’s what we chose:
You also should grab a funnel because it will help you a lot – trying to do this without one is pretty frustrating. Just make sure you grab a funnel with a big enough hole for the beans.
The beans, cloud dough and rice went in best in small amounts. The play doh we just rolled into “snakes” (or, if you’re 10 years old like me, poop) and dropped them into the balloon. When they start to reach the top, blow up the balloon a little and then let the air out. Smush all the play-doh together at the bottom of the balloon. Then keep adding.
The water bead one was done one by one, but that’s only because I didn’t have a funnel near me and I’m lazy 😉
Dylan also wanted to make faces on his and who am I to tell him no? Go to town, bud.
I think I might actually make a few to sit at my desk – they are good stress relievers.
This little lady ran off with them while I was trying to snap some pictures. Trouble written all over her face. Don’t let her fool you.
If you try these out, please let me know in the comments!
And as always with my activities, please be smart 🙂 After I filled the balloon, I put it inside another balloon to be extra safe.