Feeling a bit stressed? Squeeze that stress away
Find it hard to concentrate? Squish and focus
Poor Fine motor or hand strength? A gymnasium for the hands
Stress Balls could be the ANSWER for you – and you’re in luck – as we have the BEST ones to choose from. There’s bound to be one to suit.
We’ve made choosing Stress Balls easy as we’ve tried loads – and it is only a FEW that make it onto our shelves.
To make the list stress balls ideally need to be durable, quiet and be able to stay on a desk (without rolling too much) – all essential for a classroom and your sanity!
The SQWOOZ Ball is my personal favourite. I love the feel of it. It is fairly soft and squishy (the material feels like a thick balloon) yet it is really strong. We stretched it a LOT and it didn’t break. It ticks lots of boxes for the classroom – it is quiet, doesn’t roll off a desk, and cops a fair bit of rough handling.
The Smiley Stress ball has been our most popular stress ball since we opened our business. Considering the price, it is really good value. The ‘face’ does rub off with continued use, and rough handling may result in splitting but the good news is that inside the stress ball it is NOT cornflour (like many similarly priced stress balls). We cut one open and it has an oozy, sticky, clear substance similar to liquid nails inside. What I particularly like about the Smiley Stress ball is that it easily fits into the palm of your hand AND it has a weight – keeping it in place on a school desk.
The eggsercisers are designed for therapeutic use by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. They are “graded” from x soft (orange) soft (green) medium (blue) and firm (purple) – giving the opportunity to select the preferred level of resistance with comfort OR hand strength in mind. The eggsercisers are VERY tough and will handle most rough handling. The down side of the eggsercisers is that they do tend to roll so you might want to keep them in a container on a desk.
Now this Jumbo Squish a Ball is a big fellow, as the name implies. It adds a little novelty and would be a good addition to a sensory box, sensory room or fidget box. It can be stretched (to a degree), squished and kneaded. The Jumbo squish a ball does tend to stay put on a desk, which is a real strength.
You get good value for money with this pack of 3 stress balls. PLUS they’re graded, giving the opportunity for people to choose the level of resistance that suits them best. They are really tough and don’t break easily. If dropped they do bounce and they can attract little bits of dirt, grime, leaves – though they can be easily cleaned in cold water. The only thing with these particular stress balls, is they will roll – so best keep them in a container or on a bed of blue tack on a desk.
The pop eye snake isn’t technically a ball! But, children LOVE it and it does provide the same calming hand strengthening benefits as stress balls. It is REALLY tough, though be warned, the “eye” can be removed (though it can also be easily put back in). The snake won’t roll off the desk and it is just a little addictive so it definitely makes the list.
ps the “eye” itself is pretty solid, but we decided to cut one open to see what was inside – and it is a clear liquid, most likely water.
Be proactive, plan ahead and have some stress balls available BEFORE a problem arises.
Make sure you have rules and routines in place. Then let the stress balls do their work!
If you know of any other stress balls that meet tight criteria – reasonably hard wearing, quiet, tend to stay put – then please let me know. I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email or message me on facebook.