How To Make Bouncy Balls at home
We love making bouncy balls at school. The children are always amazed at what can be made with basic ingredients from our pantry. Measuring and mixing ingredients helps children with reading skills, math skills, verbal skills, listening skills and small motor skills. It helps children learn to follow directions, to be patient and encourages creativity and experimentation. Best of all it’s fun! Now let’s get to work.
Make your bouncy balls
- measuring spoons
- 2 bowls or cups
- warm water
- food coloring
- Elmer’s Glue-All
- corn starch
- 2 tablespoons of warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon of Borax
- drops of food coloring
Mix water and Borax until dissolved. Add food coloring. Set aside.
Step 2 – make one ball
- 1 tablespoon Elmer’s Glue-All
- 1/2 teaspoon of the Borax mix from step 1.
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
Put Elmer’s glue, Borax mix and corn starch in a separate container and let sit for about 15-30 seconds. Then mix until combined. It will start to get clumpy. Knead the mixture into a ball with your hands and it will begin to harden. (If you have a hard time making the ball, try running it under a little warm water.)
Step 3 – Bounce it!
Have fun playing with your new ball. It will bounce best on plastic services like placemats. Don’t try it on carpet!
Step 4 – Make more balls go to Step 2
With the extra Borax mix from Step 1 make more balls starting with Step 2.