Homemade Bouncy Balls




This step by step guide will show you an easy and creative way to make homemade bouncy balls. This is a great activity to do with kids that is easy to do and inexpensive to make!

Step 1: Gather the Ingredients

Gather the following ingredients:

· Borax

· Glue

· Corn starch

· Food coloring

· Warm water

· 2 plastic cups

· Plastic spoon

· Measuring spoon

· Measuring cup

· Marker

Step 2: Label the "Borax Solution"

Label one of the plastic cups “Borax Solution”

Step 3: Label the "Ball Mixture"

Label the other plastic cup “Ball Mixture”

Step 4: Mix Water and Borax

In the Borax Solution cup, pour 4 ounces of warm water. Then add 1 teaspoon of borax powder and stir with the plastic spoon. Mix well until all of the borax powder is completely dissolved in the water.

Step 5: Mix Glue and Food Coloring

In the Ball Mixture cup pour 1 tablespoon of glue and add 3-4 drops of food coloring. Mix until the coloring is completely mixed in.

Step 6: Combine the Two Mixtures

Add ½ teaspoon borax solution and 1 tablespoon cornstarch to the glue mix. Do not stir immediately.

Step 7: Allow the Mixtures to React

Allow the two mixes to sit for 10-15 seconds to react with each other.

Step 8: Mix!

Stir the mixture until impossible to mix anymore.

Step 9: Remove the Mixture

Remove the mixture from the cup and knead in your hands into a ball shape. The mixture will be sticky and at first, but will harden as you continue to knead.

Step 10: Knead Into a Ball

The ball will take 3-5 minutes to solidify. Once the mixture has hardened into a ball, bounce!



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    11 months ago

    Great first Instructable. Escpecially good on the photography. You should enter this into the First Time Authors contest.