Flexible Seating HACK! DIY Stability Ball Chairs

If you follow my teaching journey on Instagram (@MissVeesKinderKraziness), you know that I recently jumped on the bandwagon of flexible seating in my kindergarten classroom and did away with most of my desks and chairs.  I blame Mr. Greg for that.  And when I say blame, I mean thank.  Seriously, I wish I had done flexible seating at the beginning of the year!  That's a story for another day, because right now I'm here to show you the most amazing hack I found on Pinterest via the Simply Kinder blog.

When I decided to do flexible seating, I gave myself a strict budget of $150 to purchase everything I needed.  I researched all about the different seating options and fell in LOVE with these fancy stability ball chairs.
Cute, but costly.
The only problem was that EACH chair ranged from $70 to $129.  Yeah, so even if I went with the cheaper option, a large chunk of my budget would have gone to just ONE chair.  I suggested yoga balls to my Principal, but he said no with good reason; the kids could fall off and hurt themselves. I completely understood since that was my fear as well.

I was so fixated on getting these yoga ball chairs in my classroom! My students needed these chairs. There had to be an cheaper alternative! After researching on Pinterest, I found a solution, and here it is folks!  Low and behold, a DIY stability ball chair for your classroom (or home school)!



Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  All you need are milk crates and large durable bouncy balls!  I found these colorful neon bouncy balls at Five Below for just $5 each!  It totally matches the rainbow theme in my classroom.  I "borrowed" the milk crates from the cafeteria. Cost: $0. I'm sure you can "borrow" some milk crates from your school cafeteria as well.  Total cost for these 2 chairs: $10 (plus tax)!




My kiddos L-O-V-E these new, as they call it-"bouncy ball" seats, especially my fidgety students!  I might have to go over my budget a little and buy some more bouncy balls to make a few more chairs.



I hope this helps, teacher friends!  Leave me some love in the comments if you have any flexible seating hacks of your own!  I'm always looking for creative ideas!  Have an amazing rest of the week!

Best wishes,


63 comments

  1. This is seriously such a great idea. I am like crate seat queen at my school and could totally turn my crates into bouncy ball seats. GREAT idea!

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    1. Haha...agreed..."crate queen", I am sooo biting this label!..and doing this whole I await funding for other seating options!

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    2. Haha...agreed..."crate queen", I am sooo biting this label!..and doing this whole I await funding for other seating options!

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  2. Love this idea! Can I borrow it???

    Cindy
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  3. Can you tell me what size those balls are?

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    1. I am not sure of the size, but the boyfriend says about 18"-20" inches! :-) I'd trust his call. :)

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    2. Please clarify, is the 20 inches the height of the ball or the distance around? I'm worried my balls won't fit in a milk crate! Thanks.

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    3. I just bought some crates and bouncy balls at Walmart. The balls were too big, but all I had to do was deflate them until the fit and they seem to work perfect. I had my 9 year old test it out.

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  4. Do you think these balls would support bigger students? Like third graders?

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    1. I have a 3rd grader and that would be way too short for him given the dimensions of a crate.

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    2. It would really depend on the size of the student. I say try one out! There are other flexible seeing options in this one doesn't work out. :-)

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    3. My second grade son fits on it and loves it. Guess what he will be getting ofr his upcoming birthday! Thanks for the idea.

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  5. Now that it has been some time since you made the bouncy seats, how did they hold up?

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  6. So these are just regular bouncy balls? Not yoga balls? I'd love to know how they held up. I'd bet they's work for my sensory room.

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  8. Any chance you have a link that we can find these bouncy ball at?

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  9. Could you post the dimensions of the balls you bought? I'm having trouble finding ones that fit in crates.

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  10. Thanks for idea, I put the bouncy hopper balls in mine and the students love them;).

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  11. I love this idea. I thought I was the only one that obsessed like this so am happy to hear I am not alone. One question, do all of your students use these seats? Thanks for sharing.
    Carol

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  12. What size are the milk crates?

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    1. I just found crates at Walmart for under $4 each (in the college section). They are roughly 17x14x10 (high).

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