June 17, 2011

Make-Your-Own Bouncy Balls

How awesome is this?  
Bouncy Balls that the kids made themselves!!


If you have not had a chance to stop by Making Memories with Your Kids to see all the AMAZING projects Erin does, you have to check it out!   She shares the coolest ideas of things to do with your kids and lots of amazing recipes too.  When Erin linked up this post to my Summer Fun party,  it went straight to the top of my "Must Do" list for this Summer.

The Super Balls from Making Memories with Your Kids





The best part is they were SO easy to make.

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.


38 comments:

  1. My daughter is going to LOVE this!!! Thank you!

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    1. We rolled them for an hour...they try to bounce them and they look like green pancakes. My littlest is crying. Sorry for the downer but they dont work :(

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    2. We tried, not very bouncy pretty flat, but they still had fun making them and playing with them.

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  2. I love this so much! It is a yucky rainy day here today, so I think we will try this out!

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  3. This is TOO COOL! It is on the top of my to do with kids list now as well!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  4. Awesome! I'm so glad you guys had fun with these!!! And what great pictures! Thanks so much for linking back to me. I really appreciate it! =o)

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  5. Looks like a project my little guys will LOVE! Thanks, Laura.

    Also...good to see you over at squeezing it all in!

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  6. Hi!
    Wow! These are super cute!
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    Have a Nice day, God Bless!

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  7. Such a fun idea. I bet the kids love making their own! Where do you get Borax from??

    (visiting from Tatertots and Jello)

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  8. These are super cool and just in time to put on the list of "what to do this summer with the kids". Stopping by from "I heart naptime" and I am your newest follower!

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  9. We tried this & the process was fun, but the balls didn't bounce & stayed sticky. We live in a high altitude, so that's probably why. Do you have any ideas on how we could modify the recipe to make it work for us? Thanks!

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    1. I live in high altitude as well. Mine weren't sticky but it took about five minutes of rolling in my hands to get them to the finished product. They did not, however, bounce very well. I put mine in a ziplock baggy and threw them in the freezer for half an hour and that increased the bounce.

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  10. "Julie said...

    We tried this & the process was fun, but the balls didn't bounce & stayed sticky. We live in a high altitude, so that's probably why. Do you have any ideas on how we could modify the recipe to make it work for us? Thanks!"

    Oh, that's a bummer, Julie! We squeezed out as much of the liquid as we could before we started rolling them into a ball and then occasionally dried our hands on a paper towel before rolling some more, but that whole process only lasted a couple minutes before the stickiness went away. Perhaps a little more cornstarch would help with the stickiness? I will say they don't bounce as high as a store bought ball, but we got a good foot or foot and half of bouncing out of them. I hope you get it to work, they really are fun.

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  11. What a great idea! My kids love bouncy balls.

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  12. This is awesome! My nieces and nephew are going to love this!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I featured you this week on It's Playtime. Don't forget your "featured" button and thanks for playing with us!

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  14. Clicking over from your "Round Up" post... I love, love, love bouncey balls! I always have at least one in my purse :) They sometimes get me in trouble... but usually bring fun to any and all situations - thanks for sharing this tut!

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  15. My son and I had a great time making our very own bouncy balls! Thanks for the idea! I wrote a post about it, if you are interested: http://youllthankmeoneday.blogspot.com/2011/08/making-our-own-bouncy-ball.html

    ~Justine

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  16. Success! We just made these as a trial run for the school's harvest party on Friday. Feeling sort of crazy for signing up to make these with 25 kids! Should be a bouncy good time! Rollin', rollin' rollin', keep that glob a rollin'!

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  17. I shall try this my self thank u very much!!!!! Thank u very much again : )

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  18. Can't wait to try this!

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  19. We tried this at camp and it was hardly easy. The recipe did not work at all. The creation would not form a ball and remained very sticky and disgusting. This recipe was horrible. You disappointed fourty children. Thank you.

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    1. Wow! I'm so sorry that it didn't work out for you. We've made this recipe a few times and it worked fine and a few other commenters above also seemed to have success. I know someone did say they had problems with stickiness and thought it might be related to higher altitude. I suppose humidity, altitude, brands of glue, etc. might cause variations in the outcomes. Since some have had success and others have had failures, my suggestion is to make sure you do a "trial run" before doing it with a classroom or group. That way, the only one disappointed is you (not 40 kids) and you can do an alternate craft instead.

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  20. Success at a recent play date! Thank you!!!

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  21. Great idea but did not work for us. I believe it was our error though. Summer camp kids were too chatty and water cooled, cornstarch did not dissolve as it should have. 1 out of 15 bounced. We are gonna do it over with smaller groups :)

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  22. I tried the recipe before doing it with a cub scout group. We found them too starchy. So we tried it with one Tbsp of corn starch and then a different cup with two Tbsp of corn starch. The one that worked the best and bounced the best was the one with only one Tbsp of corn starch. Thank you for the recipe and the great idea. The boys LOVED it!

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  23. I do library programing for school age children. We tried this, first with elmers school glue and it was a sticky mess that eventually turned into a decent ball that did not bounce. We too are at a high elevation so I used my "teachable moment" and started a discussion about what we could do to improve our bouncy balls. The first thing we did was use elmers glue all instead of school glue. (we previously had learned the hard way that not all glues are created equal when it comes to crafts). I think this would have been sufficient but many of the kids chose to use just glue and borax in their second ball. Viola! They turned out wonderful and we had so much fun feeling like we solved the altitude mystery that other people had issues with. All and all a great project and super fun! Thanks so much!

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  24. LOL!I have the same EXACT cups and bowls!PLUS,this activivty was so fun with cute little kids

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  25. I tried your recipe with my kids but it didn't work. Our mixture was too runny and never formed a ball. Later I compared your recipe to other recipes on the Internet. I think yours says to add 4 T of water. All other recipes I looked at say to add just 2 T of water. Maybe halving the water would make it less runny. Unfortunately, I ran out of glue or else I'd try again right now using half the amount of water. Maybe next time.

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  26. I tried your recipe with my kids but it didn't work. Our mixture was too runny and never formed a ball. Later I compared your recipe to other recipes on the Internet. I think yours says to add 4 T of water. All other recipes I looked at say to add just 2 T of water. Maybe halving the water would make it less runny. Unfortunately, I ran out of glue or else I'd try again right now using half the amount of water. Maybe next time.

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  27. I can't get mine to bounce but I think it is because I am at high altitude. I have it in the freezer now to see if that works. Any other suggestions?

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  28. I used expensive diapers for the first 6 months, and they seemed fine. The last two batches in the larger sizes have had major problems. They split, leaving gooey silica all over my son and his bedclothes. It is a good thing he was wearing a one-piece, or else the silica would have been all over his bed. I thought I had gotten a bad batch, but the new box did the same thing. I think it is dangerous and negligent of them to have defective diapers out there. I'm using a new brand from here on out.
    honest diaper reviews

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  29. Ours didn't work either but maybe I am expecing too much.

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  30. What a fantastic idea!... Thanks for sharing it here

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