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Video:How to Make a Bouncy Ball

with Ben Roy

Did you know that you can make your very own bouncy ball at home using some simple household products? Check out this fun chemistry experiment that you can replicate at home in this science video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Bouncy Ball

Hi, this is Ben Roy for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to make a bouncy ball.

Materials to Make a Bouncy Ball 

For this experiment, you will need,

  • Borax
  • Glue
  • Cornstarch
  • 2 containers
  • Optionally food coloring
  • Gloves
  • A Spoon
  • Water

How to Make a Bouncy Ball

In one cup, add Borax and water. In the other, add glue and water as well as food coloring for a color of your choice. Pour the Borax solution, into the glue solution. Now add cornstarch to the mix, and let it sit for 10 minutes then stir. Keep stirring until it's too thick to get the spoon through. Empty the contents of the cup into your hand wearing gloves, and mold it into a ball. Once it dries, you can start bouncing.  

The mixture is made up of borax, glue, and cornstarch. The three ingredients make a bouncy material. You can experiment with the amount of ingredients added, to make a bouncier, thicker, bigger ball. 

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