Squishy Calming Ball
Make a squishy ball to help you bring calm to your body and mind.
What you’ll need: Balloons, flour (any type), funnel, empty plastic water bottle, paper and marker pens
What’s it for?
This activity allows you to reflect on stressful events and serve as a stress relief. Manipulating a squishy ball can have a very calming effect, helping you regulate your emotions and reduce stress.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Take the empty water bottle (ensuring it is dry inside) and pour the flour into it using a fennel
Stretch a balloon over the bottle opening and turn the bottle upside down
Squeeze the flour gently into the balloon by using some air pressure to help the balloon open a little
Once you poured enough flour in, pinch the balloon, and take it off the bottle, releasing any extra air. The flour inside should be packed tightly inside the balloon
Tie the balloon and wipe it clean. If you would like to decorate your balloon using marker pens, go ahead and get creative with it! Just make sure it dries really well before you start squishing your ball
While the ball is drying, think about what made you feel stressed, anxious, or angry in the past and write it down on a piece of paper. Is there anything you feel worried or angry about now? Write it down as well
When the ball is dry, start squishing it as you reflect on the moments that caused or still cause you distress
Practise deep breathing as you squeeze your ball and remember to use it next time to help you stay calm in a stressful situation
Extra Activity: If you have access to dry grains such as rice or lentils, you can use them instead of flour for a different sensation. How about adding facial expressions on the balloons using a marker pen!
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel to manipulate the Squishy Ball in your hands?
Can you describe how does your body feel like when you are stressed, worried or angry?
How important do you think it is to stay calm in stressful situation?
How did you feel after completing this activity?
This activity allows you to manage stressful situations by helping you focus and relax your thoughts and bring a sense of clam to your body. Squishy ball can also offer a great relief when feeling fidgety or bored.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Karolina Koman © May 2021
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Regulation, Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing
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