Friday, August 10, 2012
How to Make a Ball
For my son's birthday yesterday, we did a variety of fun activities. One of the things we did was make a ball. There were several requests on how to do this so I am sharing this today.
How to make a Ball
1/2 tsp. Borax
1 T. glue
1 T. corn starch
2 bowls and a spoon
In the first bowl, pour 2 T. of warm water in it and then stir in the Borax powder. Borax is in the laundry aisle of most stores. I use it to make my own homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent so I always have a box on hand. Next stir in 1-2 drops of food coloring. I have 2 boys so I used blue.
In the other bowl, pour the glue in. I used just plain old Elmer's school glue. Then add 1/2 tsp. of the borax solution (stuff you mixed up in the 1st bowl) and the cornstarch. Wait 15 seconds before stirring. Once 15 seconds has passed, start stirring it up. Once it becomes impossible to stir, pick it up and start rolling it around in your hands to shape into a ball. At first it is really sticky but that will change quickly. Once it is no longer super sticky, you can bounce it.
This ball will not do any super high bouncing or anything but we got ours to bounce off the floor about 2 feet and then it would do a bunch of little bounces from one drop. For a ball you make out of household items, we were pleased. Once you are through playing with it, store it in a ziplock bag.
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