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DIY STRESS BALLS

How many stress ball should I make? This is completely up to you and how much you want to give. We ask volunteers to make a minimum of 10 stress balls.

ISSUE: Stress

BENEFICIARY: The Family Partnership – children, youth and adults

PURPOSE: The Family Partnership provides counseling services for people struggling with a wide range of challenges: abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss and life transitions. Stress balls help our clients focus.

DIRECTIONS: See below

QUANTITY: We ask volunteers to make a minimum of 10 stress balls.

MATERIALS

· Balloons: 14” standard latex balloons work well

· Funnels: directions for making your own funnels below (all you need is empty plastic bottles)

· Plastic knife or wooden coffee stirrers (to help fill the balloons)

· Sand and flour or cornstarch

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING FUNNELS

1.     Take a regular small plastic bottle (water, soda, or pop will do).

2.     Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut the bottle in half.

3.     Use the top portion of the bottle with the bottle neck/mouth as your very own hand-made funnel

DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING STRESS BALLS

1.     Stretch out a balloon and place the mouth of the balloon around the neck of your funnel.

2.     Fill the funnel with two parts flour or cornstarch and one part sand.

3.     Stretch the balloon while holding it around the bottle neck to help guide the filling into the balloon.

4.     Stick the plastic knife through the funnel and into the neck of the balloon to guide more filling into your stress ball.

5.     Fill the balloon as full as you possibly can.

6.     Gently remove the balloon from the funnel.

7.     Blow gently into the balloon, filling it with a tiny amount of air to help get all filling from the balloon neck into the balloon body.

8.     Tie the balloon. (You can double knot it so that the tie does not stick out.)

9.     DONATE!

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