Thursday, October 11, 2012

DIY Bouncy Balls

What kids doesn't like a bouncy ball?  Right!  Here are instructions from Come Together Kids, for your kiddos to make their own bouncy ball- just like the one from the quarter machine in the store!  So cool and so easy.  

For each ball, YOU'LL NEED:
  • 1 tbsp. Elmer's white glue
  • food coloring
  • 1/2 tsp. Borax powder (can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of most bigger stores)
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp. warm water
Here's what you do:

1.  In one cup, put your warm water, cornstarch and Borax.  In another cup or bowl, put your glue.  

2.  Next, put several drops of food coloring into the white glue and stir well.

3.  Give your water/Borax/cornstarch mixture a good stir to combine all the ingredients (the cornstarch has a tendency to settle on the bottom).  Then pour the water mixture into your colored glue.

4.  Give it a stir and you'll see it immediately start to clump together.  Stir it a bit more until you have one big, slimy glob.

5.  Take the glob out of the liquid and begin rolling it between the palms of your hands to form a ball.  It'll be sticky at first, so keep a paper towel handy to wipe off your hands occasionally, but soon a rubbery ball will form.  (We found that just using our palms seemed to work better than using our whole hands and fingers.)

6.  Once the stickiness is gone and you have a nice smooth ball, that's it!  You can bounce away!!

NOTE:  The balls will flatten out after sitting for awhile.  Erin had the great idea to store them in plastic eggs, but I couldn't find my Easter stuff.  We just used small plastic containers and rolled the balls between our palms again to regain their shape.

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