How to make a bouncy ball

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How to make a bouncy ball
(Colourful rubber balls isolated on white (with clipping path) image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)

The bouncy ball is a timeless toy. They are super cheap, and can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. In fact, take a bouncy ball down in the basement and watch parents and children chase it around for hours. You don't have to be a child to enjoy a good bouncy ball. Did you know you can easily make your own bouncy ball? In fact, it is actually quite simple and a fun activity to do with kids. This article explains how you and your kids can make your own bouncy balls for little cost in little time. Remember that these are choking hazards for small children.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 tsp. Water glass
  • 1 tsp. Alcohol
  • Bowl
  • Popsicle stick
  • Rubber gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the water in a bowl. Dump the alcohol into the bowl with the water glass and immediately begin stirring. You want the alcohol to combine with all of the water glass. This combination will cause a chemical reaction to occur.

  2. 2

    Stir quickly with the Popsicle stick until the substance turns into a whitish solid. This should only take a couple of minutes for the chemical reaction to take place. Just keep stirring until the entire substance has transformed into a solid.

  3. 3

    Put on the rubber gloves and pick up the solid substance. You want to protect your skin because the material will still be soft and wet and could cause irritation. At this point, there will be no definite shape to the ball. It will just feel like a messy blob. Ball definition comes with the next step. Keep the children back from the mess.

  4. 4

    Roll and squeeze into a ball until the outside of the bouncy ball no longer breaks and crumbles. You may have to roll the ball between your two hands for 5 to 10 minutes or so. Eventually, it will resemble a real bouncy ball. Go ahead and try it out.

  5. 5

    Squish the ball back together if it breaks after using. Most commercial bouncy balls don't typically break, but homemade bouncy balls can. Unlike regular bouncy balls, however, this bouncy ball can be repaired if it is broken for any reason. Simply squeeze and roll it back together.

Tips and warnings

  • Add a couple drops of food colouring to your alcohol for a fun, swirly coloured bouncy ball. This can help distinguish one child's ball from another.
  • Never leave young children alone with the materials used in this activity. Alcohol and water glass should be used only under adult supervision.

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