Frugal Family Fun in the Kitchen-Part 3 Crafty Time

Arts and Crafts Can Happen in the Kitchen

We're sharing a kitchen fun project on the crafty side today that your kids will be sure to love!
See more in this Frugal Family Fun series:
Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs

Make it Bounce

Making something at home that you can buy at the store is a rewarding experience and it teaches children that not everything has to be bought.  In your own kitchen for a very low cost everyone can make their own special bouncy ball. 
This is also good for a bad weather day. 

Ingredients for Making Bouncy Balls

Cornstarch

    •    Warm water

    •    Borax (make sure to watch that little ones don’t ingest this)

    •    Glue (preferably Elmer’s)

    •    Food coloring which is optional (but then who wants a plain old bouncy ball)

    •    Glitter which is also optional but adds some bling


In a cup mix 2 tablespoons warm water and ½ teaspoon of Borax.  At this point you can add some food coloring if you want.  Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved.

In a separate cup put 1 tablespoon of glue and then add ½ teaspoon of the Borax mixture you made in the first cup.  Then add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.  Give the ingredients time to work together before stirring; about 15 seconds.  Continue to stir until it has the consistency of wet cement and gets too hard to keep stirring. 

Use a spoon to scoop the mixture into your hand and begin to roll it into a ball.  You might want to do this over wax paper or the sink because little pieces will fall off.  This is the perfect time to add a splash of glitter.  Set the rolled ball aside and let it sit until it is no longer sticky to the touch.  HAVE FUN!!

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Frugal Family Fun series:

Part 1 -Pizza Time
Part 2 -Breakfast Chefs
Part 3- Bouncy Balls
Part 4- Cookie Marathon
Part 5- Smoothies