TMSM Summer Craft: Beanbag Balls

July 12, 2014

From our friends at Spoonful


Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

These totally tossable, squishable balls are lightweight and easy to grip, making them perfect for novice jugglers, beanbag games, or a good old game of catch.

What you’ll need

  • 9 (11-inch) balloons (for 3 balls)
  • Funnel
  • 2 1/4 cups of dried lentils
  • Scissors

How to make it

  1. Stretch the first balloon by inflating it halfway, holding it closed for about 30 seconds, and deflating it.
    Beanbag Balls - Step 1
  2. Place a funnel in the balloon’s neck and gradually pour in 3/4 cup of lentils, pushing them in as you go. The balloon should be firm but squeezable.
    Beanbag Balls - Step 2
  3. Snip off the balloon’s thick rubber lip. Cut the neck off a second balloon and gently stretch the opening.
    Beanbag Balls - Step 3
  4. Ease the second balloon over the filled balloon, tucking in the neck as you go.
    Beanbag Balls - Step 4
  5. Cut the neck off the third balloon, stretch the opening, and ease it over the other two. Repeat this process to make a set of three balls, or however many you’d like.
    Beanbag Balls - Step 5


    • all-purpose flour
    • salt
    • 2 cups water
    • Balloon
    • Newspaper strips
    • Tissue paper strips
    • Tissue paper hearts
    • Small disposable plastic or paper cup
    • String or embroidery cord
    • Self-adhesive foam shapes
    • Hot glue
    • Large paintbrush
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