A photo of three funny face stress balls inspired by The Worries by Jion Sheibani; they are next to a copy of the book on a light purple background

© Suzie Attaway

You will need:

A photo of all the things you will need to make a stress ball, including balloons, a bowl of plain flour and salt, warm water, oil, marker pens, wool, glue and a pair of scissors; they sit on a wooden table

© Suzie Attaway

·   Balloons

·   Plain flour

·   Salt

·   Warm water

·   Oil

·   Marker pens

·   Wool

·   Glue

·   A pair of scissors

How to make your own stress ball:

A photo of a glass bowl with flour, salt, warm water and oil ready to be mixed with a spoon

© Suzie Attaway

1. To make the playdough that will go in the balloon, mix 8 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp salt in a large bowl. Next, mix 60ml warm water with 1 tbsp oil in a jug, and pour into the flour and salt. Mix together well.

A photo of some homemade dough being kneaded by someone's fingers

© Suzie Attaway

2. Knead the dough for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough.

A photo of a balloon having the homemade dough fed into it

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3. Roll the playdough into thin sausage shapes. Take a balloon and feed the playdough inside. Continue filling the balloon until it's full, then tie a knot at the neck. Repeat to make more stress balls.

A photo of a balloon filled with homemade dough with some wool glued to the top to resemble hair

© Suzie Attaway

4. Add some hair by cutting and sticking some coloured wool to the top of the stress balls with glue.

A photo of an orange balloon filled with dough having a funny face drawn on it

© Suzie Attaway

5. Finally, draw faces on the stress balls with marker pens. We were inspired by the characters from The Worries by Jion Sheibani!

A photo of the final result, three funny face stress balls, one green, one yellow and one orange next to the book The Worries by Jion Sheibani

© Suzie Attaway

Big thanks to Suzie Attaway for putting together this crafting activity! For more fun crafts and styling, check out Suzie's Instagram @craftpropstylist

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