There are so many great (and easy to make) tools to help kids and adults effectively handle stress! Here are my favorites for you to try at home!

1. Lavender Eye Pillows


 What you’ll need:

1 adult size large sock

2-3 tbsp. dried lavender

1-2 cups flax seed or rice


Mix the flax or rice with dried lavender and put into the sock. Mix the lavender and rice evenly throughout. Tie a tight knot at the end of the sock. You can decorate one side any way you would like with fabric markers, sequins, glitter glue, or puffy paint! Heat up for a few seconds for extra comfort and enjoy!

2. Stress Ball Balloons

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What you’ll need:

Party balloon: 14″ standard latex balloons work best

1 Cup of Flour




Stretch out a balloon and place the mouth of the balloon around the neck of your funnel. Fill the funnel with a cup of flour.  Stretch the balloon while holding it around the bottle neck to help guide the filling into the balloon. Fill the balloon as full as you possibly can. Tie the balloon. (You can double knot it so that the tie does not stick out.)  Enjoy your stress ball!

3. Pool Noodle Stress Balls


What you’ll need:

Pool Noodle (can usually find at dollar store!)


Cutting Board


Hold pool noodle along cutting board. Slice 2″ segments and enjoy a great stress reliever!

4. Lavender Cloud Dough

lavender cloud dough recipe

What you’ll need:

8 cups of flour

1 cup of vegetable oil

5-7 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a sensory bin or container.  If you desire the cloud dough to be colored you can use powdered tempura paint.  Cloud dough is an amazing sensory material in that it is super soft, fluffy, and mold-able.

5. Stress Relieving Play Dough


What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbs of cream of tartar
  • 1 tbs of oil
  • Food coloring
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Lavender Oil


Mix all ingredients except the boiling water together into a large mixing bowl. Combine the purple food coloring and the Lavender Oil into the boiling water. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the water, mix well and then turn onto some baking paper to cool.

 I hope you enjoy making these stress reliever toys!

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