Have I told you how much I love Pinterest??? Oh, I have? Well, I’ll tell you again. It is such an amazing way to share cool ideas from amazing bloggers around the web…and it takes literally no time!
This craft/activity is actually a fusion of two ideas I originally saw on Pinterest: Homemade Bouncy Balls and a Marble Racetrack (made from none other than a foam pool noodle). I thought it would be fun to make the bouncy balls first and then race them down the track!
Here’s what you’ll need to make 2 bouncy balls (about 3/4 inch in diameter each): borax, cornstarch, food coloring, water, and Elmer’s glue.
Here’s what you’ll need for the racetrack: 1 foam pool noodle, a sharp knife, and toothpicks.
|1. Put 1/2 T. of Elmer’s glue in each bowl. Add a few drops of your desired color of food coloring and mix together.|
|2. Combine 1/2 teaspoon Borax, 1 Tablespoon cornstarch, and 4 tablespoons of hot water in a separate bowl.|
|3. Pour the water mixture into one of the bowls with colored glue. Mix together.|
|4. Add the other color. Drain the liquid and remove the “solid”.|
|5. Roll into balls until you reach the desired shape. Blot with a paper towel if necessary.|
|The ball will not hold its shape and will never “dry”. Each time you use it, you’ll need to re-roll it. Storing the balls in old Easter eggs seems to help.|
|It really does bounce!|
|1. Cut a foam noodle lengthwise using a sharp knife.|
|2. Line the two pieces of foam noodle side-by-side. Break toothpicks in half and push them through the edges of each to hold them together.|
|3. Lay on the stairs (or another sloped surface) and race your bouncy balls down!|
|Loads of fun!|
*Be extremely careful when making these balls if you have babies. Because they are so small, the pose a choking hazard!!
PS- We used the noodle racetrack at VBS this week to let the older kids play a game where they rolled coins from a pile of loose change down the track and then had to sort them according to whether it was a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter. The lesson was on the parable of the shrewd manager. How much fun would that be in the classroom when learning about money?!?!