Boing Boing is a bouncy ball! Boing Boing bounces joyfully everywhere it goes! Boing Boing is colourful! Boing Boing! It’s so much fun to play with your own homemade bouncy ball! Boing Boing! We can’t stop bouncing it around!
We at Coop Coco had a great time making bouncy balls, because let’s be honest… we all have a hidden inner child! These easy-to-make bouncy balls led to a lot of laughter in our offices, as they certainly will in your house too!
Because this bouncy ball recipe is very simple, it’s completely suitable for making with a child. Indeed, it’s a fun and original family activity! Nonetheless, be sure to follow all necessary safety precautions regarding the ingredients and protective clothing (gloves).
Watch out! It’s going to go Boing Boing!
How to make a homemade bouncy ball?
Before you begin
- Since borax is an irritant, we advise you to wear gloves while working with it. Children working with borax should always be closely supervised by an adult.
- 2 small stainless steel bowls
- 1 pair of nitrile gloves
- 2 mini silicone spatulas
- Hot plate
- A few spoons
Good to know!
- None of the ingredients in this bouncy ball recipe can be changed or substituted, as this may impede the chemical reaction of the glue and borax.
- Any commercial-grade white glue will do the trick.
Steps to follow
- In the first small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of water and ½ tsp of borax. Heat on the hot plate to melt the borax. If, after a while, the borax stops melting, this means that the solution is saturated and can be removed from the heat source.
- Once the borax has stopped melting, remove from heat.
- In the second small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of white glue with a few drops of liquid colourant.
- Add 1 tbsp of cornstarch to the glue and mix well.
- Add 1 tsp of the water/borax mixture to the glue/cornstarch mixture. Its texture should immediately change.
- Knead the dough (still wearing gloves, of course) and shape into a ball with your hands. If the dough is sticky, dip it into the borax solution and shape again.
- Continue shaping until it yields a smooth ball.
- Leave the ball to rest in the open air for 24 hours before use.
Use and conservation
Wash hands between each use.
This DIY bouncy ball may flatten while not in use. Don’t hesitate to reshape it each time you use it. Folds may form while you’re shaping the ball, but don’t panic! By rolling it between your hands, the ball will end up perfectly smooth. What’s more, if you let your bouncy ball rest, the folds will disappear on their own.
Store your bouncy ball in an airtight container in the fridge.