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    I realize that this how-to strays a bit from our normal fare, but goshdarnit, it's too cool not to share! Maybe it's the overgrown kid inside me or my love of science (have I told y'all I was in the science club in high school?? Geek to the max.), but the idea of making bouncy balls--from scratch--o...
    January 4, 2012

    Rainy day activity...make bouncy balls with Elmer's glue, borax, and cornstarch! So fun!

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    • Marilyn Unsell

      Make bouncy balls with Elmer's glue, borax, and cornstarch! So fun! Kids will love this...if it works!

    • Teresa Kilgore Sirois

      Bouncy Balls, polymer, great science project... borax, cornstarch, white glue ( Elmer's glue makes an opaque ball) or blue or clear school glue (makes a translucent ball) warm water, food coloring (optional), measuring spoons spoon or craft stick to stir the mixture 2 small plastic cups or other containers for mixing marking pen watch with a second hand metric ruler zip-lock plastic baggie Things you need, click for full instructions...

    • Minnie Mouse

      make bouncy balls with Elmer's glue, borax, and cornstarch....POSSIBLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENT?!

    • Sarah Smithey

      Make homemade bouncy balls and other fun craft ideas for kids and you!

    • Bailey Brown

      Bouncy Balls, polymer, great science project, cub scouts, girl scouts, VBS... homeschoolers... just for fun! Great party craft as well.. borax (found in the laundry section of the store) cornstarch (found in the baking section of the store) white glue (e.g., Elmer's glue - makes an opaque ball) or blue or clear school glue (makes a translucent ball) warm water food coloring (optional) measuring spoons spoon or craft stick to stir the mixture 2 small plastic cups or other containers for mixing marking pen watch with a second hand metric ruler zip-lock plastic baggie Things you need, click for full instructions... YAY!

    • Stacie Wiesenbaugh

      I am SO going to try this! // How to Make Bouncy Balls from Common Household Items http://www.curbly.com/users/capreek/posts/13251-random-but-cool-how-to-make-bouncy-balls-from-common-household-items "Balls have been toys practically forever, but the bouncing ball is a more recent innovation. Bouncing balls were originally made of natural rubber, though now bouncing balls can be made of plastics and other polymers or even treated leather. You can use chemistry to make your own bouncing ball. Once you understand the basic technique, you can alter the recipe for the ball to see how the chemical composition affects the bounciness of the ball, as well as other characteristics. The bouncing ball in this activity is made from a polymer. Polymers are molecules made up of repeating chemical units. Glue contains the polymer polyvinyl acetate (PVA), which cross-links to itself when reacted with borax. ..." find procedure at http://chemistry.about.com/od/demonstrationsexperiments/ss/bounceball_2.htm

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