Make Bouncy Ball Paint Art

Edited by Sarah Maloney, Eng, Alma

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Whether you're looking for more craft ideas to use up that box of Borax, an original sensory activity or another use for bouncy balls, this recipe will teach you how to make your own bouncy ball paint art that kids will love.

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This How To is in two parts. The first part of the craft will show you how to make bouncy balls. The second part will show you how to transform your bouncy balls into unique one of a kind art pieces. Younger crafters (3-6) will love creating their own bouncy ball art but may struggle with Part I while older crafters (7-10) should be able to do both with adult supervision and assistance.

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Part I: Bouncy Ball Materials

Kids will love making the bouncy balls first. Keep in mind, different sizes of balls with added sensory ingredients will allow kids the experiment with their art creation in part 2.

You do want to make more than one bouncy ball for the art piece. Depending on sizes, this recipe will make enough for 3 to 6 bouncy balls.

  • 2 cups or bowls.
  • 6 tbsp warm water.
  • 3 tsp of Borax Powder (Find it in the laundry detergent aisle).
  • 6 tbsp of school glue. There is A LOT of glue on the market; you want to get just plain old white school glue (not the washable or clear kind). Look for the word "Classic" on the bottle. You also want to get brand name glue and not the glue you can find in discount stores.
  • 6 tbsp corn starch.
  • Food coloring (optional).
  • Additions to the bouncy balls might include sand, glitter, small stones, rice.
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Part I: Directions

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    Mix the warm water and Borax together in the first cup
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    Mix until the Borax is dissolved.
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    Pour the glue, cornstarch, food coloring into the second cup
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    Mix well.
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    Pour the mixture from the second cup into the Borax mixture (cup 1).
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    Let the mixture in the cup sit for 20 - 25 seconds, then stir
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    Once the mixture becomes hard to stir, scoop it out of the cup and roll it into balls
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    Experiment with different size balls.
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Part 2: Bouncy Ball Art!

Once you've created your bouncy balls the real fun begins.

Part II: Materials

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    Bouncy Balls
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    This works best if you have 3-5 bouncy balls but can be done with any number.
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    A box with sides
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    The top of printer paper boxes work amazing. You want something that will keep the rolling balls contained but still allow little hands and fingers to easily access and work with the materials.
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    Paper
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    Paint paper works best.
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    Muffin tin or empty egg carton
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    Waterproof Paint
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    This craft can get messy so waterproof paint is a must.
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Part II: Steps

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    Place different color paint into your muffin tins or egg cartons
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    Place your homemade bouncy ball into the paint
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    Roll it around a bit to cover it in paint.
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    Place the paper on the bottom of your box
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    Remove the bouncy ball and place in the box on top of the paper.
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    Get rolling
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    Move the box around, bounce your ball off the sides to make different patterns. Roll it slow, roll it fast.
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    Experiment with the different colours of paint, different size and shape of balls
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    Remove the paper and behold, a work of art that would make Jackson Pollock jealous
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Tips and Tricks

  • You can add glitter after the paint is done or even use glitter glue in place of paint.
  • Glow in the Dark paint can also be used for after dark viewing.
  • Once you get good at rolling and have an idea of where the lines are going, have each child try and paint something (such as a lobster), when they're done have each show what they did. This gets silly and certainly will end in giggles.
  • Try Bouncy Ball Art Pictionary. This can also work with adults. Hilarious.
  • Once your masterpieces are finished, hang them in the craft corner or down a hallway and have an "Art Show" where each artist can explain and discuss their piece and what they like about it.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Sarah Maloney

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