When I first heard that children could make their own bouncy balls, I thought it was too good to be true! The best part is that they’re so easy to make. A simple recipe translates to a day of summer fun.

Materials:

For each ball that you make, you'll need:

  • 1 T. white glue
  • 1/2 tsp. borax powder (can be found in the laundry detergent aisle of most grocery/department stores)
  • food coloring
  • 3 T. cornstarch
  • 4 T. warm water

Instructions

  1. Step 1In one cup, combine the warm water, cornstarch and borax. In another cup or bowl, put the glue.
  2. Next, add several drops of food coloring to 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).step 5 Then pour the water mixture into the colored glue.
  4. Stir and you'll see it immediately start to clump together. Stir 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. 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. step 5Once the stickiness is gone and you have a nice smooth ball, that's it! You can bounce away!

  7. The balls will flatten out after sitting for a while, but storing them in small plastic containers and then rolling them between your palms again will help the super bouncy balls regain their shape. Keep on bouncing!

Laura Novobilsky lives in Maryland and is the proud but exhausted mother of three. She loves to find ways to come together with her kids through crafts, projects, activities and outings. Her favorite activities are easy and inexpensive, yet fun and enjoyable for everyone. Laura shares the many things she has done with and for her children on her blog, Come Together Kids.

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    I only had a glue stick, I made the leaf stems longer then put glue on them and wrapped the tree stem. So that the stem was more of a tab and attached to its self. I hope that makes since.

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    Hey there does T mean tablespoon?

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  • Laura

    Tried this 4 times. Ours came out like gak. Didn’t bounce a bit. Any problem solving tips?

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      I had the same problem!

  • Brat

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  • abi

    i like the bounce ball a lot i did it for a science experiment

    love……

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    could u make up some more sceince experiments

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    wat

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    weird

  • Devin

    This seems cool im doing it for my science project right now

  • Katrina

    doesnt work!

  • ZombieUnicorn100

    Literally the worst bouncy ball ever. No bounce, just splat! Thanks a lot, huge disappointment.

  • Shayla Foss

    Terrible!