They are great for kids and beginners.
To make larger / heavier juggling balls simply add more filling at step 4.
I can provide all of these steps in printable format complete with teacher notes if you are running a workshop or class.
Step 1: Ingredients - for the Balls
- 1/2 measuring cup of millet (small round birdseed)
- 3 round latex balloons (25cm size)
Step 2: Tools for Construction
- large plastic bottle
- small plastic bottle
NOTE: Both bottles must have the same size neck / bottle cap
- sharp scissors
- a pin
- sticky tape
- a piece of thin cardboard (the inside of a toilet paper roll works well)
Step 3: Make a 'wide Neck' Funnel
1. Cut the top off the large plastic bottle
2. Keep the top bit to use as a funnel (recycle the bottom bit in another project)
3. Cut a 3.5 x 12cm rectangle of cardboard (you may need to trim this to suit different bottles)
4. Wrap the cardboard tightly around the neck of the funnel
5. Tape it in place.
Step 4: Make the Balls
- Pour 1/2 cup of millet (bird seed) into the funnel and it will fall through into the small bottle.
NOTE: You can add more than 1/2 a cup if you want larger heavier juggling balls. Just remember how much you put in so all your balls will be the same size and weight.
- Remove the funnel.
Step 5: Make the Balls ... Continued
Turn the whole lot upside down and the seed will fall into the balloon.
Step 6: Still Making the Ball
Cut the neck off the seed filled balloon (cut above the knot so the seed doesn't fall out).
Step 7: Covering the Ball
To make it stronger it will need a few extra covers of latex. This is where the two extra balloons come in.
Cut the necks off the two remaining balloons.
Carefully stretch one of these balloons over your ball. Make sure that the knot is covered by the second balloon.
Repeat this step with the third balloon, making sure that the hole of the second balloon is covered by the third balloon.
Step 8: Make Two More Balls
- When the balls get dirty or worn simply add new balloons to make them clean and strong. There is no need to peel off any old layers before doing this.
- You can add patterns by using contrasting coloured balloons and cutting small slits in the outside balloon.
- If you don't want to fill the balls with bird seed you can use flour, sand or any grain that is fairly small and round.
- Avoid filling with rice as the long shape of the grains make it harder for the ball to maintain it's round shape.
Step 9: Download the Printable PDF
This is where you can download a printable PDF of the instructions. Have fun.