December 5, 2019

Make your own Hacky Sacks!

make your own hacky sacks

My son is at the right age to start enjoying the good old fashioned Hacky Sacks! I remember playing with them as a kid but when I went looking for them at the shops, I couldn’t find any! So I figured there must be a way to make your own… turns out, there is! I found this idea over at the lovely Children’s Learning Activities & had to give it a try!

To make your own you will need:

Hacky Sack 1

Birdseed (you could also use rice)

Balloons (at least 3 different colours)



hacky sack 3

Step 1

Take one of your balloons and fill to the ‘neck’ of the balloon with the birdseed

hacky sack 2

Step 2

Take your scissors and cut just above that level and remove the whole ‘neck’

Step 3

Take a second balloon (of different colour) and snip that ‘neck’ off also

Step 4

Slide the second balloon over the first one (making sure you cover the open end of the 1st balloon – we want to make sure none of the birdseed escapes)

Step 5

Make a few hole shaped incisions in the second balloon with the scissors to create a nice pattern (I wasn’t too fussy with this as you can see ; )

Step 6

Keep repeating Steps 3 – 5 until you are happy with the look of your Hacky Sack

hacky sack 4

Step 7

Get outside and have fun with your brand new toy!

hacky sack 5You can also use these Hacky Sacks inside too as a ‘Stress Ball’! Simply get your child to squish it in their hands and it’s a great way to help improve their fine motor skills!

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4 thoughts on “Make your own Hacky Sacks!

  1. When I made these years ago we filled them with flour and they were great for molding and kneading. I think we also attached googly eyes to make faces.

    Thanks for a great blog, it’s fun to plan activities for my kids as they outgrow the baby ‘eay everything’ phase!

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