If you don’t live in Florida, or know someone who calls Florida home, then you may not be aware of this …
Yep, my friends, that is our weather here in what we like to call “The Sunshine State”. Ain’t that just a hoot!!
The rains started yesterday mid-morning and will probably last the whole week! Thank you very much Tropical Storm / Hurricaine Debby. Now, while I am very grateful that we are not getting the actual hurricaine, it stinks that we are getting all.the.heavy.rain.bands.
Boys aren’t happy much when they have to stay indoors to play. Pinterest to the rescue!!
Through Pinterest we discovered “Make Your Own Bouncy Ball”. Now, before I get to the tutorial let me first state the truth … these things don’t bounce! Just saying.
Yes, it was fun to get all goopy and messy and make some weird creations … but just prepare yourself – and your kid – ahead of time that it will be fun to create but they won’t actually bounce. Trust me, you’ll want to save yourself the drama of “But what good is a ball if it don’t bounce?!”
So, what you will need to gather up:
Borax powder (found near the laundry soap),
Cornstarch (found near the flour),
Label your cups. Have your child write on one cup “Borax” and the other cup “Ball”. That way you won’t forget what goes where. Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step 🙂
Put 2 tablespoons warm water followed by 1/2 teaspoon borax powder into the cup labeled “Borax”.
Stir the mixture until the borax is dissolved.
Here is where you add the food coloring if you want to.
Put 1 tablespoon of glue into the cup labeled “Ball”.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of the colored borax solution you just made followed by 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
Do not stir.
Allow the ingredients to interact on their own for 10-15 seconds and then stir them together to fully mix.
It actually looks yummy in these pictures … but don’t eat it. Unless you find you enjoy the ambiance of the Hospital ER.
Once the mixture becomes impossible to stir, take it out of the cup and start molding the ball with your hands.
The ball will start out sticky and messy, but will solidify as you knead it.
Now, my friends, here is where the instructions say, “Once the ball is less sticky, go ahead and bounce it!”
But what really happens is the realization that your ball won’t bounce … and then … to ward off the drama and disappointment from your child that follows you hear yourself saying … “Hey, wait, since the ball won’t bounce let’s make fake snot!” … to which your son’s ears perk up and all is right with the world again …
Recipe for Fake Snot can be found here. You know you want to make some …
So, what type of things do your kids like to do on rainy days?? Trust me, inquiring minds DO want to know …