Looking for a fun activity that will keep the kids from “bouncing” off the walls? Why not make up some of your very own homemade bouncy balls.
The best part about this activity is that the kids will be able to create something entirely on their own to then play with after. And isn’t that what it’s really all about?
You just might find yourself diving in and creating this DIY bouncy balls as well. They’re just that fun to make!
Homemade Bouncy Balls
Make certain that you follow the directions as written below so that you get your perfect bouncy ball on the first try. It’s also a great way to have the kids join in on the fun too by having them read through and follow the directions.
Have fun playing with the colors and glitter as your kids can really create something cool and unique easily.
Ready to get crafting? Just gather up the simple supplies below to get started!
Supplies needed for DIY bouncy balls
- ½ cup of warm water
- 1 tablespoon Borax Detergent Booster
- Glitter and/or food coloring
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Elmer’s Glue in clear
IMPORTANT: Borax is not edible. This is not intended for children under 3 years old. Adult supervision required. Gloves are recommended for those with sensitive skin. Wash hands after playing. Glitter glue can also be used.
How to make Homemade Bouncy Balls
Start by mixing together the water and borax until the borax is dissolved completely into the water.
Once that is done, take and add in the glitter and/or food coloring. Stir.
Next, it’s time to add the glue. Take and stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons glue, depending on how large you want the ball to be. As you stir, a thick slime will start to form. Once it all starts to come together, you’re going to use your hands to start molding it into the shape of a ball.
Take it out of the solution and continue to roll it in your hands, squeezing together until the stickiness is no more and the ball is shaped. If the find that the ball is still sticky, you can dip the ball back into the solution and then remove and roll it in your hands until smooth.
These balls are breakable. If you happen to throw or squeeze too hard, they can and will break. But, you can fix them by rolling and squeezing them back together.
Like this fun activity for kids? Here are some other options to consider: