DIY Sensory Play, Stress Relieving, Fidget Balls

Do you have a child that needs and enjoys sensory play with colorful, textured toys? 

Does your child struggle to sit still? Do they like to fidget? What about you as an adult?

This project is for you!  It is frugal and fun, and my children went crazy over them.  I was especially surprised out how my toddler and my seven year old had the same reaction. These were played with for hours and help up really well to my kids playing with them roughly and outside.

These would be a great thing to have in the homeschool room to allow children to “keep moving” while still sitting still.  This is a time tested strategy for helping those kids who struggle with sitting still to focus for longer.

Use these for low impact exercise as adults!  My father-in-law mentioned how great these DIY Sensory, Stress-Relief Balls could be for his ailing mother to squeeze and exercise those muscles in her hands all while sitting.

DIY Sensory Stress Relief Balls

What will you need?

  • 4 balloons
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2-3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup of sand
  • 1 cup of beans
  • funnel
  • essential oil of your choice


  1. Blow up each individual balloon a little to stretch them out.  It just helps to make sure all the ingredients fall in more smoothly.
  2. Put the balloon end around the funnel tip.  Pour the ingredients in slowly so as not to clog the funnel.
  3. For the beans, I suggest using a smaller bean like a black bean.
  4. Pour into the balloon until nearly full and then tie off at the end. It helps to kind of stretch the balloon as you add the ingredients in order to fill in the gaps.
  5. Add 1 cup of plain dry flour to one balloon, and tie it off.
  6. Add 1 cup of plain dry flour to one balloon and then add 2-3 tablespoons of oil on top of that, tie off, and mix within the balloon to create a squishy play dough effect.  You will have to go slowly on this one to make sure the oil does not come back out of the funnel.
  7. Add 1 cup of sand to one balloon and tie off.
  8. Add 1 drop of essential oil to the inside of the balloon end.  I used Gentle Baby blend from Young Living.  Make sure it is child safe. Certain essential oils can have a calming effect and as the children play they will have the benefit of the calming essential oils on their senses.
  9. Other ingredients to try … popcorn kernels, lentils, sugar, powdered sugar.  All of these would have a different texture to them.


Lindsey S

Lindsey is a stay at home, work from home mom to six children eight years and younger. She homeschools and enjoys large family living. When Lindsey is not changing diapers, cleaning, and cooking meals in her awesome Instant Pot, she is DIY-ing her way around the house. Where she loves learning new skills, her heart is in sharing with other women the message of the Gospel and showing them how to instill those truths in the hearts of their children.

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