Monday Made It~ Bouncy Balls

Last week, we had the opportunity to try making bouncy balls. It was super easy and worked pretty well.

The idea comes from the 36th Avenue blog.

All you need is:

  • ½ Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tb Borax
  • 1 Tb of Cornstarch
  • 2 Tb White Liquid Glue
  • Food coloring

  1. In a cup mix the warm water and the borax.
  2. In another cup mix the glue, cornstarch, and food coloring.
  3. Pour the glue mixture into the water-borax cup.
  4. The glue mixture will harden after 10 seconds; use a fork to take it out of the water. If the glue mixture is still sticky, squish it with your hands and dip it back in the water.
  5. Roll the mixture in your hands to make a ball. The more you handle the mixture the firmer it will become.
  6. You are done!

The bouncy ball probably bounced about a foot off the ground and our ball took a little while to start bouncing. We had to play with it quite a bit before it would bounce (I am not sure if this is because of the humidity or not). Ethan loved making a bouncy ball and we played with it for the remainder of the day until it was permanently squashed and unable to be remolded into a ball. 

This is something that you could definitely do easily in the classroom too! :) Check out Fourth Grade Frolics for more fun ideas!

1 comment

  1. WOW! Bouncy balls sound like a super fun idea!!! It was nice seeing what you made this week!!! :)
    Mixing it Up in Middle!


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