Fireside Chats Teacher's Guide: Volume 1

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Lesson Two: Dakota Bear 137 Stress balls are excellent sensory tools to help people release stress, become grounded and feel balanced again. Stress balls are easy to create and only need a few simple materials. Materials: •One funnel •One pair of scissors •Small, round balloon (per person) •One cup of corn starch or flour (per person) Instructions: 1. Blow up the balloon. Blow air into the balloon until it is slightly inflated. To about 3-4 inches in diameter. Do not tie the balloon but, you will need to keep the balloon inflated as best you can. 2. Pinch the balloon closed. Pinch the top of the balloon shut, leaving room for the funnel to be inserted into the neck of the balloon. 3. Insert the funnel into the balloon. Place a funnel inside the opening of the balloon while still pinching the balloon closed. You may need help securing the funnel inside the balloon. Don't worry if your balloon deflates a little, as this may happen during this step. 4. Fill your balloon. Fill the top of the funnel with flour or cornstarch. Add your filling until the balloon is filled. It works best to add a small amount of the flour or cornstarch at a time. If you let too much go in too quickly, then air leaving the balloon will blow flour/cornstarch into the air and make a mess. 5. Squeeze out the excess air. Pull up tightly on the opening of the balloon and pinch out any extra air out. In order to have an eective stress ball that won't pop, it's important to eliminate any extra air that's inside your balloon. 6. Tie the balloon closed. Knot the balloon closed as close to the filling as you can. Use scissors to cut o any excess bal- loon. Do not cut too close to the knot. How-to-make a Stress Ball:

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