4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun Day 6…Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

I found this recipe over at Making Memories with Your Kids and Side Tracked Sarah. Both of the recipes were very similar except for the amount of cornstarch to add. So I wanted to play it safe so I added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, as one recipe called for one tablespoon and the other recipe called for three. So I thought splitting the difference would be safe.

What we used:

1 T White glue
2 T cornstarch
1/2 t Borax

4 T warm water
food coloring

We put the glue in a cup for each of the kids and added the food coloring to it. Then the kids mixed it up with a stir stick. My daughter wanted to make her’s orange and my son picked green. Then in two other cups we mixed up the borax, cornstarch and warm water. The cornstarch was a little stiff to mix, maybe we should have just went with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Then we mixed the contents of each cup together.

The mixture almost immediately started to set. So there was a lot of cornstarch mixture in the bottom of the cup still. We took out the colored blobs and started rolling them into balls. At first it seems like they are not going to stick together but then they started to stick. We had to roll our for about 10 minutes to get them to form balls. At first they wouldn’t bounce much. But after we rolled them for a while they began to bounce. Just to let you know, these balls are soft and we needed to re-roll them after they sat a while.

Other than my son not liking the cornstarch residue on his hands everything went well and everyone had fun.

Did you do anything fun today?


7 thoughts on “4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun Day 6…Make Your Own Bouncy Balls”

  1. This looks like fun! Thanks so much for giving us the recipe.

    Am wondering…..did you have to use Borax? I see it in the photos.

    1. You need 1/2 teaspoon of Borax. I forgot to add it to the ingredients. I have corrected it now. Thanks for catching that for me.:) My kids had fun making these. The process is a little messy but not too bad.

  2. This seems like such fun! We will have to try this during one of our fun days 🙂

    Where did you buy your Borax? I know my grocery store carries it, but it’s a bit expensive and I’ve never seen a coupon for it.

    1. I bought it at Winco Foods here. When I purchase a bar of fel naptha, a box of borax and a box of washing soda it is about $7. Then I have everything on hand to make homemade powdered laundry detergent. I have never seen a coupon for it either but a box lasts me quite a while. I think it is about $3.50 a box here. But I haven’t had to buy it in so long I don’t remember how much it is.

  3. My son would love this I’m sure. The only thing that worries me is that they drive me crazy with balls. They just can’t control themselves with them.

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