Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 2- Project Pinterest

I was starting to think I made a mistake that we cancelled our "Stay"cation Destination after yesterday's weather.  However, this morning we were greeted with the pitter patter of rain drops on the roof.  The rain drops kept coming and coming.  After a trip to the store for the rest of our supplies for the week, we were ready to start our project.  Well I was.  The kids on the other hand had to re-earn the right to do their craft.  Luckily they did and we were ready for business.

Today's Project Pinterest
Homemade Bouncy Balls
You will need:
Borax (found in laundry section)
warm water
corn starch
glue (clear glue makes a see transparent ball and white glue makes an opaque ball)
2 plastic mixing cups
a stirring stick (plastic spoon)
food coloring (optional)

1. Label your two cups.  One with Borax and the other with Ball.

2. In your borax cup, add 2 TB warm water and 1/2 tsp of borax and dissolve.  Add food coloring.

3. In your Ball cup, add 1 TB glue.

4.  To your ball cup add 1 TB cornstarch and 1/2 tsp of borax mixture.  DO NOT STIR.
  Let it react for 10-15 seconds.

5.  Stir with your spoon.  When it becomes impossible to stir, take out and mold it in your hand.  It will be sticky at first, but as you knead it it will solidify.

6.  Keep rolling it in your hand until you have a sphere. 
7.  When you are done playing with them, store them in a plastic baggie.  They will only keep for a day or two before drying out. 
8.  Make sure you clean and wipe your work area thouroghly and have the kids wash their hands after making their balls. 

These are not like your typical bouncy balls.  They actually will bounce better on the carpet.  The kids had fun making them and playing with them eventhough they didn't get super high.  For a rainy day activity it was a success!



I just did this with my daycare kids and it was cool! I ommited the cornstarch and it seems to make them bounce better. Thanks for the great idea!