Making Bouncy Balls!

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There are a few ways of making bouncy balls at home, but this kit from ALEX Toys is definitely the easiest I’ve seen! Since I blog for ALEX Toys, we get sent a bunch of their products to try; we received a mini version of this kit in the Slimy Sticky Silly Stuff Kid Concoctions set, along with a bunch of other cool activities like the volcano I featured in this post.

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This kit is for ages 6 and up, but four-year-old Lily and five-year-old Johnny were able to do it with close parental supervision. Seven-year-old Emma was able to make a ball completely on her own. The process is simple: fill the mold with little crystals, soak in water, remove and let it sit for the water to do its magic. Open the mold, and you have a colorful bouncy ball!

The balls are sticky when they first come out of the molds (this one is only halfway out – see the pink mold?):

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They soon dry out to a normal bouncy ball consistency – and they bounce beautifully! I thought they might fall apart, but they have survived a couple days of hard play with no wear and tear.

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They DO have to be kept in plastic bags, or else they dry out. The same is true of every other homemade bouncing ball I have seen. All homemade bouncing balls that I have seen (these included) use ingredients that are not safe to eat, so don’t do this activity with children who put thing in their mouths.

This was a fun, quick activity with a pretty end product that you can PLAY with! I think it’s a great party activity for older kids – we may get a couple kits for Emma’s next birthday party, where I know the kids will be old enough to make the balls on their own with a little supervision. I can’t believe I’ll have an eight-year-old in a few months!

Have you ever made bouncy balls?

We received a kit to make these balls as part of my work as a blogger for ALEX Toys. All opinions are my own.

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