Have a Rolling Good Time When You Make a Bouncy Ball

how to make a bouncy ball

When we go to the store, one of the things my boys usually ask for are bouncy balls. They have always been a favorite in our house, so when I learned you could make your own, I knew it was something we needed to try. I am homeschooling my 10 year old this year and this was the perfect opportunity to fit in some fun with education as we learned about polymers. Try to make a bouncy ball with your kids at home and watch how easy and fun it can be!

Materials:

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  • Two plastic cups
  • Two craft sticks for mixing
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Borax (found in the laundry section of stores)
  • Corn starch
  • Glue
  • Food coloring (optional)

Step 1:

Place two tablespoons of hot water into one of the plastic cups.

Step 2:

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Put a 1/2 teaspoon of Borax into the same cup and mix well until it is dissolved.

Step 3:

how to make a bouncy ball

Pour a tablespoon of glue (we used colored glue that we had made before) into the second plastic cup.

Step 4:

how to make a bouncy ball

Pour 1 teaspoon of the mixture of water and Borax from the other cup into the cup with the glue.

Step 5:

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Put 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into the glue mixture and then mix with a craft stick until it gets to hard to mix anymore.

Step 6:

how to make bouncy balls

Take the glue mixture out of the cup once you have stirred it up and start kneading it into the shape of a ball. It will be sticky, but will harden and firm up the more you handle it.

Step 7:

make bouncing balls

Once your ball has formed, have fun bouncing it. Don’t worry if your ball never completely hardens.

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8 thoughts on “Have a Rolling Good Time When You Make a Bouncy Ball

    1. You just use regular Elmer’s glue. It can either be the white or the clear kind. We used the colored glue that I had made in a previous tutorial on the site. This way, we got a colored ball without the need for food coloring.

    1. Well thank-you for coming to my site and judging me without doing your proper research. If you had bothered to read the “About Me” page, you would see that I freely welcomed mothers of girls as well and stated that they could like these crafts too. However, this is my site and I am free to name it and write about anything I like. If you must know, the name was a play off of my other site that I have had for over two years “LifeWith4Boys.com.” I wanted to stick with the same theme and provide a place for moms of boys to get crafts, as boys are often left out in the craft world of fairy wands and glitter hearts. I have a son who loves pink and was the first one to line up and buy my now 9 year old a baby doll when he wanted one. I do not perpetuate stereotypes in any way.

  1. That’s pretty darn neat! I’m all about saving some money. My twins are only toddlers, but I’ll definitely be putting this in my arsenal of ‘cool junk to do’.

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