This was so cool to try! We had a ‘ball’ ; )
Who knew that you could make your very own Bouncy Ball with household products! These also double as a Science experiment so you can’t go wrong! I have seen PLENTY of recipes for this on Pinterest but I found this one from ‘Kids Activity Blog’ to be the best!
So let’s get bouncing!
You will need:
2 tablespoons hot water
* 1/2 tsp Borax (I bought mine from the hardware store Bunnings – $8 for the whole container)
1 tbs Glue (I used Elmer’s school glue found at my local supermarket)
1 tablespoon Corn flour
You will also need:
Two plastic cups (labelled ‘1’ & ‘2’)
Plastic spoons (or something to stir the solutions)
Plastic bag (for storing your ball)
Pour the water and borax into the first cup and stir and swirl the mixture until it is dissolved. We used very hot water from the tap.
Pour the glue, cornstarch and food colouring into Cup 2 and mix.
Add 1/2 a teaspoon of the Borax mixture from Cup 1 into Cup 2. Let the ingredients hang out with each other for about 20 seconds, then give it a good stir
Once the mixture becomes quite stiff & tough to stir, scoop it out of the cup, and roll it around in your hands to form your very own Bouncy Ball!
So easy to make and so FUN to play with!
We got such a lot of play out of these! Master 5 loved to see how high he could get his to bounce! We rolled them on the floor, bouncing them off the walls too! I think the highest bounce we got was about 30cm!
When we were finished, we put our new best bouncy friend into a zip lock plastic bag and it kept for at least a week until it got played with a little too much and had to throw it out…then we just made more!
Just a short note, these are not exactly the same as your normal run of the mill bouncy balls i.e.: they do not bounce so high that they hit the roof! They do bounce that’s for sure! AND they are DIY so you can have the privilege of saying that you and your kiddies make them yourself!
*Please note that Borax is not edible so please make sure that anything including Borax stays away from little mouths and tummies!
We have some other FUN activities for you to try using Borax too!