Bouncy Ball

Bouncy Ball 

Mix 1/2 cup (120 mL) of warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax. Pour 1/2 cup (120 mL) of warm water into a cup. Add 1 tablespoon (25 g) of borax, then stir the 2 ingredients together with a fork or spoon until the borax dissolves. Set the cup aside.[1] 

  • You can find borax in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. 

  • Don't get borax on your skin or you may have an allergic reaction. If you are messy, put on a pair of plastic or rubber gloves. 

  • If you want to make a multicolor ball, prepare a separate borax solution--one for each color that you will be using. 

Stir food coloring into 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of white school glue. Pour 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of white school glue into a different cup. Add 1 drop of food coloring, and give it a stir. If the shade isn't dark enough add another drop of food coloring and see how you like it.[2] 

  • You can use clear school glue as well. The ball will end up being a little translucent.[3] 

  • If you want a multicolor ball, simply repeat the process with more glue and different colors. 

  • Instead of food coloring, you could try a few drops of paint instead. Try glow-in-the-dark paint to make a glow-in-the-dark ball.[4] 

Add 1 tablespoon (9 g) of cornstarch into the glue. Measure out 1 tablespoon (9 g) of cornstarch and add it to the glue mixture. Stir the 2 together until they combine. The cornstarch will make the glue even thicker.[5] 

  • If you can't find cornstarch, use cornflour instead. Don't use cornmeal, though. 

  • If you are making a multicolor ball, you'll need 1 tablespoon (9g) of cornstarch per color. 

Pour the glue mixture into the borax solution. Make sure that you get all of the glue mixture into the borax solution. Use a regular spoon or rubber spatula to scrape the excess glue out and into the borax solution. Do not stir the ingredients.[6] 

  • If you don't get all of the glue into the cup with the borax solution, your ball may not turn out as big. 

  • If you are making a multicolor ball, pour each glue color into its own borax solution. 

Wait 10 seconds, then take the lump out of the borax solution. After about 10 seconds or so, the glue will harden into a lump. Use a fork or slotted spoon to lift the lump out of the borax solution.[7] 

  • Don't use a spoon; you don't want to take any of the borax solution out. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll the lump into a ball until it becomes firm. The borax should be harmless by this point, but if you have sensitive skin, it would be a good idea to put on a pair of gloves first. Roll the glue lump between your palms to make a ball. Try to make it as neat as possible.[8] 

  • If you are making a multicolor ball, roll all of the colors together to make 1 big ball.[9] 

  • Add some glitter into your palm as you roll the lump. The lump will pick up the glitter as it rolls into a sparkly ball![10] 

 

 

Place the ball back into the borax solution for a few seconds. Take the ball and carefully lower it into the borax solution with a spoon. Do not plop it in, or it will splash borax water everywhere. Wait a few seconds, then take it out and pat it dry with a towel.[11] 

  • This will help solidify the ball and make it less sticky. 

  • If you are making a big, multicolor ball, pour all of the borax solutions into a single cup first. 

  • Be aware that if you added glitter to your ball, some of it may come off during this point. 

 

 

Keep the ball in an airtight container when you aren't playing with it. You can bounce this ball just like any other bouncy ball. Because it is made from glue, however, it will eventually dry out after a couple of days. You can make it last longer by putting it into a zippered baggy or airtight container when you aren't playing with it.[12] 

  • The ball should be ready to play with as soon as you are done rolling it. If it still feels too wet, let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. 

  • The ball will start to flatten when you don't play with it. If that happens, simply roll it back into shape.