Sensory Balloons

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!

dollar store sensory balloons with close up of child's hand

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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.)

latex balloons used for sensory balloons

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:

*Black beans
*Cloud dough
*Play doh
*Rice
*Water beads

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.

child's hand filling a balloon with beans for sensory balloons

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.

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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.

green sensory balloon with a face drawn on it

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.

smiling child running off with sensory balloons

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.

 

2 Ingredient Moon Sand

2 Ingredient moon sand is so ridiculously easy – much like most of my activities you can find here! You probably have the ingredients on hand and it can be made in seconds. Give your kiddo a bowl of it and let them go to town!
2 ingredient sensory moon sand

Ohhh sensory play. Sweet, sweet sensory play.

Just when I think I am going to do an activity that does not involve sensory play, something comes to mind from when I was teaching. And I can’t. Pull. Away.

When we played with this stuff, Dylan of course turned it into good guys and bad guys (because he’s a boy. And 4 years old). But he asked me to help him roll them into balls so he could cut them open with the plastic utensils I gave him. He also really enjoyed making it with me. He loves to measure things out and count with me. He especially loves pouring the ingredients into the bowl.
baby playing with sensory moon sand Close up of child playing with moon sand in a glass bowl with plastic utensils

Please pay no attention to our outfit choice. He woke up wet so he was running around in a shirt and new dry underwear. I told him if he wanted to go outside, he had to put pants on. So he kept his pajama shirt on. Whatever.

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Something that he mentioned during this one though that he never has was how it smelled. I think he really enjoyed the baby oil smell. I also added a few drops of a “Cheer Up Buttercup” essential oil blend. It smelled really good with the baby oil.

We were watching my mom’s dog and my sister’s dog when we did this activity. My mom’s dog really loved eating it. Like, really loved eating it. It was gross. I had to put him inside because he was having way too much fun eating this flour. He’s a strange, strange dog that will pretty much eat anything and will fight you for it. Actually, he’s a lot like Reagan.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baby oil
  • Few drops of essential oil (optional)

Mix everything together with a spoon or your hands. I found it a lot easier to control with my hands. If you need it to be a little more wet, just add more baby oil.
Close up of child playing with 2 ingredient moon sand

Reagan snacked on it also. I don’t recommend this. I kept taking it out of her mouth and trying to redirect her but it was a lost cause.
smiling baby with moon sand on her face because she tried to eat it

I promptly took it away and she got a sippy cup instead.  Obviously she’s bothered by it.

This was the aftermath – definitely an outside activity.
bird's eye view of a glass bowl of moon sand

 

 

Sensory Play with Hair Gel

 

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but I love sensory play. I also love to add it into our daily routine because Dylan loves it. I can tell when he needs it and usually when he gets it, his attitude changes. I’m always the first to suggest it in my mommy groups for toddlers who misbehave. People who aren’t in education usually think I’m crazy (among other reasons also, I’m sure) but I often times hear people come back and say how it was a great idea. When I taught, the sensory center was always my most favorite center to plan. Kids could get lost in there! Heck, I could get lost in some good sensory play!

Like most of my projects, all of my supplies were purchased at The Dollar Tree except the sandwich bags and food coloring, because I already had that on hand.

All we did was squirt some hair gel into some sandwich bags and added a few drops of food coloring.

 

 

Then you let out all the extra air and zip it shut. After I pried it from Dylan’s hands, I taped them up on the back door. The sun will look so cool shining through the colors!

 

He loves to write letters in them, squish them, put his hand prints in them.

 

 

 

 

 

I also propped Reagan up to check them out. So not only does this allow her to do sensory play, but it is working on her trunk strength and core muscles to attempt to stand on her own. And she is none the wiser 🙂

 

 OHMYGOD CHUBBY BABY HANDS ARE SO CUTE!

 

 

 

So, this is a great activity for both ages. I often times see Dylan running over there to get some sensory things going. Reagan needs help, but she loves it too.