This week we made another ninja craft – ninja stress balls!
Last summer, I saw these awesome superhero juggling balls on Red Ted Art, and I have been wanting to make them with the boys ever since. We decided to make our balls into ninjas! We also made them stress balls instead of juggling balls by filling them with flour instead of rice. The flour gives them a nice squeezable feel. I emphasized to the boys that these are for squeezing, not throwing, as they are too hard to throw. The feel great, though, and my husband has requested a blue one for his desk at work!
To make them you will need:
- Balloons – white for the face, and other colors for the ninja mask
- Sandwich baggies – either fold-over or ziploc (if you use ziploc, you’ll have to cut the zipper off)
- Ballpoint pen
Step 1: Fill a baggie with 3/4 cup of flour. Twist the baggie to close, and squeeze out as much air as possible. Filling a baggie is SO much easier than trying to stuff a balloon with flour! We saw this tip on Tip Junkie from a link in Red Ted Art’s post, and it made the job so much easier.
Step 3: Cut off the blowing end of another balloon. Cut an opening for the ninja face. Then, stretch this balloon over the white balloon with the opening facing the opposite way (so that the flour baggie can’t come out). Add a ninja face with a ballpoint pen. We tried Sharpie initially, and the faces kept rubbing off when the boys played with them. We made another ninja ball and used ballpoint pen, and the face still looks great even after lots of handling!
Aidan didn’t like the white showing on the bottom of the ninja balls, so he pressed the ends of the colored balloons together until they got stuck that way! He has managed to seal up all of the boys ninja balls.
They boys have been carrying their ninja balls everywhere. They are fun to squish and squeeze and then shape them back into balls again.
These ninja balls would make great gifts or party favors! They were very inexpensive, and quick to put together (5 min. per ball once we got the process down).
If your kids like ninjas, you might also want to check out our pipe cleaner ninjas. Those were another big hit!
And last week, we had fun playing ninja bubbles in the yard.
Summer is coming! If you’re looking for ways to keep kids busy, be sure to follow my Fun Activities for Kids Pinterest Board!