Category: Sensory Integration Activity

DIY Baking Soda and Conditioner Balloon Fidget

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The DIY Baking Soda and Conditioner Balloon Fidget is a do it yourself fidget that provides sensory input for a child who needs to fidget such as children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They also make great ways to warm up the child's handwriting or cutting skills. Some children with sensory seeking behavior need ways to intentionally fidget so that they can obtain the proprioceptive input to help their bodies regulate and calm down. The length of time each balloon will last will depend on the quality of the balloon and how often it is played with. Optionally, DIY artist may try adding a second balloon over the first to provide some longevity.

These balloon fidgets are not suitable for children who are mouthing toys and objects. 

Technical Specifications: 

Step 1: Gather materials:

  • Baking Soda (aka. bicarbonate soda)
  • Hair conditioner
  • Balloon
  • Plastic fork or spoon
  • Funnel
  • Bowl
  • Elastic Band
  • Netting from fruit or vegetables
  • Matches or lighter

Step 2: Pour the baking soda (I used 300 g to make 2) into a bowl.

Step 3: Slowly add a little hair conditioner to the baking soda and mix together with the spoon. Continue to add the hair conditioner and mix until mixture has a sloppy thick icing consistency (see video for consistency).

Step 4: Give the balloon a stretch and blow into it (just to stretch it).

Step 5: Deflate the balloon and attach to the end of the funnel.

Step 6: Push the baking soda mixture into the funnel and down into the balloon. Note: DIY artist may need a plastic fork or spoon to help push it down.

Step 7: Fill the balloon to the desired size then tie a knot to secure it.

Step 8: Cut some fruit/vegetable netting to the desired size.  

Step 9: Singe the ends of the net with a lighted match just to stop any fraying.

Step 10: Secure the netting over the balloon with a rubber band.

Step 11: Squeeze and play.


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DIY Baking Soda and Conditioner Balloon Fidget