Monday, February 13, 2012

Homemade Bouncy Balls

I have been going crazy trying to find a Valentine's Day craft for my 4th graders class with no luck. Seriously. Everything I have found is so corny and cheesy...nothing kids his age would actually enjoy doing. I have really given it a lot of thought and a ton of effort but I kept coming up empty handed. Boys don't like hearts and all of the lovey stuff that comes along with V-day, especially 4th grade boys so I have had my work cut out for me. I bought some scratch art hearts for the kids to play with at their party tomorrow (They get a sharp stick to play with, they will love it!) but I knew that just wasn't enough. That's when I remembered this super fun craft I used to do with my kids when they were a little younger, homemade bouncy balls. I didn't know if I would remember how to make them or not so I ran out to the store today and I was super excited when I got home and experimented and they actually worked. WOO HOO! If you are looking for something fun for your kids to do, they will love this. I know it really isn't V-day related but I did buy some red, pink, white and purple balloons so that helps make it a little more appropriate for the holiday!

What you Need:



9-10 Balloons for each Ball
1/4 Cup Water

Instructions:

Step 1. Put the water in a balloon and tie it.


Step 2. Cut off the end of the balloon you just filled with water.  Now take 8-9 more balloons and cut off the ends of those as well, down to the round part of the balloon.



Step 3. Take one balloon at a time and stretch it over the balloon that you filled with water in Step 1. Alternate ends each time so your ball will be round instead of egg shaped. Repeat this until all of the balloons have been used.



Step 4. Have fun with your new bouncy ball! The more balloons you have stretched over the original balloon, the harder it will get and the higher it will bounce!



Be sure to supervise smaller children with these as the balloons DO pose a choking hazard. Our toddler LOVES watching how high these balls can bounce!!!







3 comments:

  1. That is so cool! My kids would really enjoy making and playing with them. I found your blog while browsing google and am now following you on GFC. Feel free to drop by my blog over at http://mizzreviewlady-mommyreviews.blogspot.com/ :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this great thing to do with boys. I am going to remember this when my grandson is a little older! Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

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