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DIY Glitter Bouncy Balls with Not-So-SAHM

DIY Glitter Bouncy Balls

Hello again -- it's Rebecca from Not-So-SAHM! We had so much fun on our last guest LHS post (Strawberry Marshmallows) that we just had to come back for more. I don't know about you guys, but this winter has been looooooong, cold, and very snowy for Washington, DC. Between the weather, the corresponding school delays and cancellations, and our recent move to a new home, our kiddos have literally been bouncing off of the walls. So I knew this activity would be the perfect fit to infuse some fun into another morning indoors. Part science and part silly, these DIY Glitter Bouncing Balls were a great way for the kids to practice counting, measuring, color mixing and more. Plus, they got the biggest kick out of having bouncing contests at the end! 

Ingredients: To make our glitter bouncy balls, you'll need: 
- two cups (recyclables work perfectly! clearly we've been eating a lot of gelato this winter, because we had TONS of gelato containers to re-use); 
- a spoon or stick for stirring; 
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon Borax
- 1 tablespoon glue 
- 1 tablespoon corn starch 
- food coloring 
- glitter 
(recipe slightly modified from Kids Activities Blog

Directions: First, mix glue, corn starch, and food coloring in one cup. Once you've achieved a consistent mixture, stir in the glitter. Personally, I liked the combo of a single color with one glitter (like the pink + gold combo Cam tried first), but our kiddos are big fans of LOTS of color and plentiful glitter, so ….


In the second cup, add warm water and Borax. Stir until Borax is dissolved. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon of water/Borax mixture to first cup and stir, stir, stir. When it becomes too difficult to stir and the mixture starts to congeal to spoon/stick, pull out the clump and roll it into a ball using your hands. Roll for a few minutes until the ball becomes less sticky. When the ball is still pliable, but holds a round shape, your bouncy ball is ready to go! 

The ball will start to flatten when left still for a bit, but just give it another good roll and it will form back up and be bouncing again in no time. 

We hope this fun DIY helps you ride out this last bit of winter! You can follow our other shenanigans at Not-So-SAHM, on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  

 

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