I saw a cool video on Facebook that inspired this project. They were called Infectious disease slime filled stress balls or something like that. I thought, “We can make that!” So we set up our little test kitchen and got to work. We tried a few different recipes to go inside the balloons.
- We mixed liquid watercolors with a cheap gel-like shampoo or you could just use cheap hair gel. This worked well, but we did find that it popped easier than the others and was not easy to clean up once popped.
2. We tried making slime using one bottle of glue, liquid starch, and some color . Once you work it into a good consistency , you can feed it into a balloon.
3. We tried mixing corn starch , shower gel, and color. This worked well in the balloon, but hardened after a few hours. You could work with it again, and get it loosened up. It wasn’t the best choice, because of it hardening.
4. We filled the balloons with water beads . See how above. You can also use this technique using a water bottle and the gel in #1.
What worked best? #2. SLIME !
Once you fill your balloon, tie it off. Wrap the stress ball with black fishnet stockings, and tie tightly. You will need fishnets with larger holes. If the openings are too small it will not work as well. The kids went crazy over the stress balls. We kept making them and the kids kept bringing them home with them. A parent said that their child wouldn’t go anywhere with out his stress ball for a few days. They were pretty durable, especially the ones with the slime in them. This was a fun project, since who doesn’t like making slime and experimenting? We figured out what works best, so you can get straight to making your own stress ball and be stress free.