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Ninja Turtle Inspired Hand Made Juggling Balls

Keep the kids busy with this very quick and simple DIY.  All you need is a  couple of balloons, a small bin liner and some rice. Then ta-da, you’ve got yourself a Ninja Turtle juggling ball!

Craft and images by Elise Clarkson from Pixels and Sunshine for Families Magazine – Gold Coast

Make Hand Made Juggling Balls at Home

You will need:

  • 4 x green balloons
  • 1 x black balloon
  • 1 x purple/blue/orange or red balloon
  • ½ cup of rice
  • 1 x small plastic bin liner
  • Scissors

Step 1:

  • Pour the rice into one corner of the small bin liner
  • Twist the bin liner and tie in a knot
  • Fan out and wrap the rest of the bag around the rice
  • Shape into a ball

Step 2:

  • Cut the end of the green balloon just at the neck
  • Wrap the balloon around the plastic rice bags
  • Repeat with the remaining balloons and rice bags
  • Shape into a ball

Step 3:

  • Cut the black balloon into approx 1cm strip
  • Wrap the this band around the ball

Step 4:

  • Cut the purple balloon into approx 2.5cm band
  • Fold it in half lengthways and cut one semicircle shape for the eyes
  • Wrap the purple band around the balloon covering the black balloon band

Step 5:

  • Give the ball a final shape with your hands and you’re ready to juggle.
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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

1 thought on “Ninja Turtle Inspired Hand Made Juggling Balls”

  1. Perfect timing and easy crafting for my 4yo who is getting cabin fever during these rainy school holidays! Thank you!!


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