This Valentine’s Day, make these bouncy balls using just borax, glue, and corn starch! Kids will be amazed at how easy it is to make a homemade bouncy ball!
We’ve made a lot of slime recipes in our day, but did you know, that if you change a bit of the ratios and ingredients, you can make a whole host of other things? We found by adding corn starch to our standard slime recipe, we could make a homemade bouncy ball.
It’s amazing how simple it is to make your own homemade bouncy ball that really bounces! It’s a fun addition to any Valentines STEM activities that you try! And if you get bored of your bouncy ball, try making Valentine’s glitter slime, Valentine’s oobleck, or bubblegum slime!
Homemade Bouncy Ball Valentine’s Day STEM Activity for Kids
Kids will be fascinated to find out they can make their own bouncy balls! Make them in pink, purple, and red for Valentine’s Day, or any other color just for fun!
The homemade bouncy ball is a fun twist on the classic borax slime recipe.
WHAT YOU’RE LEARNING BY MAKING THE VALENTINES DIY BOUNCY BALL
The homemade bouncy ball is simply a thick mixture that is created through a chemical reaction with the borax and the glue. Not adding any additional water makes the recipe thick and bouncy.
Throw the ball onto the floor and it really bounces! Kids will love seeing how different mixtures of chemical reactions can create different final results.
You can learn a lot when making a homemade bouncy ball! Here are just a few STEM elements that go along with this lesson:
STEM Questions to Ask
What happens if you add more glue (borax, water, cornstarch)?
Which recipe bounces the highest?
How much higher does the bounciest recipe bounce than the least bouncy recipe?
What makes the ball bounce?
Will the ball bounce on carpet (cement, wood, a table, a counter, etc)?
Will the ball hold its shape over time?
What you need to make the Valentine homemade bouncy ball:
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HOW TO DO THE HOMEMADE BOUNCY BALL STEM ACTIVITY
In cup two, mix 4 tablespoons of warm water and 1 teaspoon of borax powder. This is the recipe we started with.
Mix each cup together, then slowly add the borax water to the glue mixture. It will turn into slime, then harden even further into a pliable mixture like play dough.
Work the ball between your fingers until it is no longer sticky and you can roll it into a ball.
Bounce it on a surface and see what happens!