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Balled Emotions

Kindergartens and schools are embracing the release of a recent children’s film, in which the characters are colour coded and named after emotions. This is an invaluable tool to help kids put a name to how they’re feeling and empowering them to talk about it.

Here is a fun craft that builds a kit for your home. Have these Balled Emotions at children’s reach for those moments when emotions take over, and can be named and calmly talked about. Just awesome.

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2 cups plain flour
1 TBS cream tartar
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 TBS cooking oil
Food colouring

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5 x 26cm latex balloons, coloured green, blue, purple, red and yellow (makes one set, handy to have a few spare)

Black permanent Marker

Play dough Directions:

  1. Mix the food ingredients in a saucepan, stirring over medium heat for three to five minutes, or until the mixture comes together forming a hard-to-stir congealed heap.
  2. Let it cool
  3. Take it out of the pan and kneed it a little.

Craft Directions:

  1. Grab an adult sized hand, or two kid’s handfuls of play dough.
  2. Roll it out nice and long and thin.
  3. Stretch your balloon as wide as you can and stuff the play dough inside. (Adults can do this themselves, but kids will need help with this part.)
  4. Press the filled balloon to make it flat and get as much air out as possible.
  5. Tie it off with a knot.
  6. Add a face using your sharpie: Red= Angry, Blue= Sad, Green= Confused, and Purple= Scared.


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