Kalliope Kids: Bouncy Balls, Never Again!

Yesterday Meeska and I attempted to make bouncy balls. I found the idea on Pinterest (have I mentioned that I’m a Pinterest addict?), and was soooo excited since Meeska loves balls so much! I’m not so excited anymore.

20120927-090119.jpg I started with all the ingredients they told me to. I even made a special trip to the store to buy some. I mixed and mixed, and…. Goop. Yep, they made goop. So I tried again, a little differently. Again, goop. A little more solid this time, but still goop. So I mixed a different way, adding the ingredients in a different order. Again, goop.

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It looks like a ball, but leave it for a few minutes and it melts. Flattens. Squishes?

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Here are my different versions. Some are definitely better than others, but none achieved that bouncy-ball-ness that I wanted.
My solution? Oriental Trading has bouncy balls for about 10 cents a ball. I think I will go there next time! This was a good experiment for teaching some science to the kids (and I actually did that with Bug when she got home, just to show her) but next time I try it I am going to make it runny and call it silly putty. No disappointments with that.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. psgrannie
    Sep 27, 2012 @ 21:43:19

    ? Does the green/blue one look like a planet?

    Reply

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