We have all heard the lyrics to the song that goes something like this; bouncy, bouncy, the bouncy ball comes back to you. Well, it doesn’t really come back to you unless you bounce it just right. Children love to play with these little balls. It brings hours of fun. Some of these rubbery bouncing super balls once they hit the ground can bounce in a diagonal direction instead of straight up and down. That is when the real fun beings. Once they are in motion they can bounce off of anything that is close by. The wall, the chair, a table or if played with outside can bounce high in the sky. At least that is how a child would describe it.
Dollar stores sell these fun bouncing balls as well as many small vending machines that were originally designed for bubble gum balls. Now you don’t have to go out to give one to your child to entertain themselves with. There is a recipe to create one rubbery bouncing super ball at home. Then if it gets lost you can just make another the same day. Your child will be thrilled that their favorite super ball isn’t lost forever.
- 2 tablespoons of hot water
- ½ teaspoon of borax
- 1 tablespoon of glue
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch
- Food coloring
- In a small glass cup add the hot water.
- Then mix in the borax and stir it until the borax completely dissolves into the water and set aside.
- In another glass cup mix together the cornstarch and glue together. (If you want to make it a single color or multi-colored just add a drop or two of food coloring to the mixture and stir.)
- Now combine the borax mixture into the glue mixture.
- Allow the two mixtures to set for about 15 minutes and then stir them up.
- Keep stirring until it starts to get difficult to stir.
- Once that happens remove the entire mixture from the cup and roll into a ball.
- Now you have a homemade and brand new rubbery bouncing super ball for your children to play with.
Watch the smiles on your child’s face when they know you can create a super ball just for them!
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