I saw “recipes” all over Pinterest last summer for making your own bouncing ball. Â Since I have a daughter who is OBSESSED with them, I thought it would be a fun activity, and even went so far as to buy the ingredients – which then sat on my counter until now. Â I never really got around to reading the instructions and assumed that it would be complicated. Â Finally, I got tired of the stuff being in my way and made a few of them this afternoon.
I used the recipe on this site:
Here is what we thought:
- It was certainly NOT complicated. Â It was super easyÂ and only took a few minutes to make. Â It probably took longer to read through the recipe than it did to make it.
- It also isn’t super messy. Â If you are doing it with very small children, you may want to put down newspaper or an old towel, but really, I did it right on my counter top using old butter tubs and plastic spoons. Â Once I threw those away, there was no other mess.
- I used white glue, but if I were to make this again, I would definitely use glitter glue or clear glue; I think it would look much cooler
- Our balls didn’t really bounce. Â They are super soft – basically like slightly more solid Gak. Â We all thought it was fun to play with it – like you would play dough or silly putty – but they definitely didn’t come out like a bouncing ball.
- The website explains the science behind how it works, but it is more on a level for middle school students, not little ones. Â My high schoolers understood it, but I didn’t!! so if you’re looking for a science lesson and – like me – haven’t taken chemistry since the 80’s, you may need to google for a simpler explanation. Â We did change up the ingredients on the second ball as per their suggestion (we added more cornstarch) but thought it was only barely different from the first one.
Final analysis? Â I think you should give it a try! Â It isÂ easy and fast, and takes ingredients that you likely already have sitting around the house. Â It is fun to play with (it would make a great stress ball). Â If I had had more time, I think I would have gone ahead and made gak as well, so we could have talked about the differences (here’s a good gak recipe if you don’t know what I’m talking about: http://lilluna.com/homemade-gak-recipe/).