Plastic balls are toys that kids all over the world can enjoy. Using simple chemistry, a few supplies picked up at the local grocery store and the help of a parent, kids can safely create their bouncing balls right from home. These plastic bouncing balls can be made in a variety of sizes and dyed any color. For kids who are easily bored, a bouncy ball can add a new flair to outdoor activities.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups warm water
- White glue or clear glue
- Food coloring
- Measuring spoons
- Mixing spoon
- 2 small plastic cups
- Marking pen
- Second timer
- Plastic bag
Mark one cup "Borax Solution" and another cup "Ball Mixture" with the marking pen.
Add 1/2 tsp. of borax powder with 2 tbsp. of warm water to the Borax Solution cup.
Stir the solution until the borax dissolves and add food coloring.
Pour 1 tbsp. of glue into the Ball Mixture cup. Add 1/2 tsp. of the borax solution and 1 tbsp. of the cornstarch. Wait 10 to 15 seconds before stirring.
Keep stirring until the ball mixture hardens and becomes too thick to continue.
Place the partially hardened mixture in your hands and knead the material into the shape of a ball.
Tips & Warnings
- The ball will be sticky when it is first forming, but will become smooth as it solidifies.
- Never place the ball or the materials used in making the ball in your mouth.
- Wash your work area, supplies and hands after you've finished.
- "Janice VanCleave's 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments"; Janice Pratt VanCleave; 1994
- "Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home--But Probably Shouldn't"; Theodore W. Gray; 2009
- Photo Credit yellow balls and a blue ball image by Ramona smiers from Fotolia.com
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