Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

Make Your Own Bouncy Balls

Make your own bouncy balls with these few ingredients. Easy to do and so much fun!


  • 2 tablespoons Hot Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Borax
  • 1 tablespoon Maizena
  • 1 tablespoon Glue
  • Food Colouring

You will also need some plastic cups and spoons that can get a little messy.


  1. In a cup mix the borax and the hot water, stir until dissolved.
  2. In a separate cup mix the Glue, Maizena and Food Colouring.
  3. Pour 1/2 a teaspoon of the Borax and Water mixture into the Glue/Maizena mixture.
  4. Wait 30 seconds and start stirring the mixture.
  5. It will very quickly become stiff, scoop it out and squish it together. Roll it in your hands to become a ball.

Just a note on the featured image: my daughter got hold of the green food colouring and decided to add it in herself. This is a semi-messy activity but not quite as bad as the image. Just keep the food colouring out of reach of little fingers!

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Try out this Make Your Own Bouncy Balls recipe and let us know what you think!

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  1. I’d like to give this bash in July holidays. What is borax and where can you buy it

    • Not exactly sure what it is lol, but you can find it at most shops (Spar, Checkers, Pick n Pay). I asked for it and can’t remember now which section it was in. I think it might have been in the cleaning goods. Not for consumption is all I remember!

  2. So clever! I’m sure mine will enjoy this activity a lot. 😀

    By the way, Borax is that awesome laundry soap that some moms used back in the good ol’ days. 🙂

    More like from grandmothers time.

  3. This would be such a cool activity for toddlers and preschoolers who still like getting into a mess. 😀

    Though I’m sure my daughter would develop a serious case of the ‘Yucks!’ with all that goo on her hands.

    Coming into summer time now, it’s very good to have activities like this for the little ones to keep them busy. Thanks so much for these great articles, very helpful. 🙂

  4. This looks amazing! Sadly it requires borax like so many kids projects I see online. You can’t get it in the UK or in Europe 🙁 I wonder if I would get arrested if I went to the US and tried to bring it back through customs!!

    • Hi Morna, here is an interesting post on slime and in the comments alternatives to Borax are discussed. There are so many different opinions on what alternatives can be used from laundry soap to potassium carbonate. Maybe something here will be helpful?

  5. Our kiddies loved this activity 🙂

  6. Our kiddies loved this activity 🙂 Thank you Lynne

  7. Next year my baby have to go to a creche so i cant wait to tell the daycare mother about all of your ideas…
    They’re gonna have lots of fun!!!

  8. This will be fun messy and something interesting to try out…cope and paste saved for when my boy is bigger…..thx Lynne for sharing

  9. This going to be much fan thanks I will be getting ingredients

  10. Such a cool idea, will def try with my little one!

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