Homemade High Bounce Balls

As some of you know, my artistic genes don’t exactly work. You won’t see me and the kids recreating a painting by da Vinci or tuning our instruments to play Mozart (unless you consider a harmonica capable). We’re more apt to be in the kitchen turning hot peppers into cold and flu fighting Pepper Juice or shaping dough into Sourdough Bread.

When it comes to creative fun, we like simple and fun ideas like this one from my friend Angela over at Hidden Treasures. If you haven’t stopped by Angela’s blog yet, be sure to pop over and visit. She has some fun child’s play and party ideas, posts about natural living, and money saving tips.


Some days it’s too hot to play outside, but what can you do with all those crazy, hyper, stir-crazy kids??

Make your own high bounce balls!!

It’s super easy and lots of fun.  It’s very similar to making “Slime”.

All you need is: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Elmer’s Glue
  • Food Coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon Borax – can be found in the Laundry Detergent aisle of your grocery store
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Starch
  • 4 Tablespoons Warm Water
  • 2 Small Cups
  • {and a few crazy kids…}


1.  Mix the glue and food coloring together in one cup until you have the desired color.  {We tried to be creative and make swirly colors as you can see…}

 This is so gross!  Looks like she’s eating some kind of sea weed on a chop stick! lol

2.  Mix the borax, corn starch, and water in the other cup.  Pour the borax mixture on the colored glue and continue mixing.  You will have a nice, colorful, shapeless, glob of goo.  {just what everyone needs!!}

3.  Remove the globby goo from the borax/water mixture and roll together in your hands as you would do with play dough.  It will be, well, “gooey” and gross feeling at first.  If there’s a really gooey, slimy area, you can dip it back in the borax/water mixture, and it should harden up pretty quickly.  If it’s a bit too wet, you can dry it off on a towel.

4. It should shape up pretty quickly, but you will need to continue rolling for a while – seriously – a while.  …which is fine…keeps those kids busy longer!  🙂

There you have it!!
~Homemade High Bounce Balls~

Things we learned from the experience:

  • If you get tired of rolling and let it sit before it’s completely hard, it will have a flat side, and as we all know, a flat side does not a ball make…but they do bounce off in crazy directions that way, which could be even more desirable and fun!
  • You can mix colors to try for a “swirl” ball, but chances are you’ll just end up with an ugly color.  🙂  It’s better to use the same container as someone else and just include their leftovers in your ball.  For instance.  My youngest wanted a purple ball.  Her sister wanted a pink and purple swirled ball.  So, we didn’t wash the cup after we made the purple ball, we simply went ahead and added more glue and pink coloring, then we included the purple leftovers from the previous ball that were still left on the sides of the cup.  {You can see what I’m talking about in the picture of the glue with the coloring in it and the purple ‘leftovers’ on the side of the bowl above.}
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Thanks for sharing a great idea, Angela! The boys are already bouncing off the walls to try it!


  • Sandra

    Reply Reply August 14, 2012

    Isn’t Borax toxic?

    • Paula

      Reply Reply August 14, 2012

      Ah, Sandra, you’re right! 🙁

      When Angela sent me this fun post to share, I didn’t bat an eye at the borax listed because I was gearing up to try my first batch of homemade laundry soap and guess what’s one of the ingredients!

      I’ve seen borax used in a lot of ‘green’ recipes – especially for homemade cleaning products – but a little bit of reconnaissance says you’re right. If you want to try this recipe you may want to see what you can use as an alternative.

      Thanks for catching that!

      • curtaincrawler

        Reply Reply October 28, 2015

        Hi there. I am a chemistry teacher and Borax is not toxic. You wouldn’t want to ingest it or rub it in your eyes but it is not toxic. It is on par with baking soda, neither of which you would ingest in large amounts.

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