Making a rice stress ball is SO EASY! With only a balloon and some rice you can make a super fun, super squishy stress ball with the coolest texture.
Using rice as a filler in your stress ball is even easier than using flour. The texture is really neat and slightly crunchy. They feel (and sound) so cool when you squeeze them!
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How to Make Stress Balls with Balloons and Rice
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STEP 1: Stretch the balloon
- Blow up the balloon then let it deflate. This stretches the balloon which makes it easier to fill.
STEP 2: Insert the funnel
- Pull the end of the balloon up over the end of a funnel.
STEP 3: Pour in the rice
- Carefully pour the rice into the funnel. Shake the funnel back and forth, tapping the side to get the rice to go down into the balloon.
- Keep adding rice to the funnel and into the balloon until you're happy with the size of your stress ball. To make more space inside, pinch the neck of the balloon closed and press your fingers down right below the funnel, pushing the rice down and outwards.
STEP 4: Tie a knot
- Remove the funnel and tie a knot in the balloon. Try to get the knot as close to the base of the balloon as you can.
- Your rice stress ball is complete!
- If you want to hide the knot in your stress ball, cut the neck off of a second balloon and stretch it over top. This is completely optional. It will hide the knot and make the stress ball stronger, but also less squishy.
What type of balloon works best?
Any standard 12 inch balloon, either rubber or latex, will work best. (It should show the size of the balloons on the package.) I found the polka dot balloons you see in the photos at the dollar store.
I don’t recommend using a balloon that’s smaller than 12 inches because it ends up being really small and hard to squeeze.
What kind of rice should I use?
You can use any type of uncooked rice to make your stress ball: long grain rice, short grain rice, brown rice, or even barley or buckwheat in your stress ball.
We used minute rice instead of regular rice. They were slightly prickly and made a really neat crackle sound when we squeezed them.
How long do they last?
A rice stress ball should last about 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on how often you use it.
Stress balls made with balloons don’t last forever. The balloon will get fragile over time and will eventually break.
What if I don’t have a funnel?
If you don’t have a funnel, you can use a water bottle instead. Simply cut it in half and discard the bottom.
You can insert the mouth of the water bottle into the balloon and use the open end as your funnel. Easy peasy!
You can see the edges of the rice poking through the balloon in the photo below. It’s such a fun and strange sensation to squeeze these ones!
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