Borax is for Boys

If you don’t live in Florida, or know someone who calls Florida home, then you may not be aware of this …

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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:

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Borax powder (found near the laundry soap),
Cornstarch (found near the flour),
Food coloring,
Elmer’s Glue,
Plastic spoons,
Plastic cups,
Measuring spoons,
and water.

Step One:
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 🙂

Step Two:
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.

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Step Three:
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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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6 thoughts on “Borax is for Boys

  1. handmadebymrsh

    Ha…you’re moaning about only a week of rain…maybe Wales isn’t the right place for you to emigrate to 🙂

    In other news, borax isn’t allowed to be sold here in the UK anymore…something to do with it being toxic or something….sad times. You can still buy a version of it in small quantities from chemistry sites but not for cleaning/laundry/making bouncy balls/growing crystals. Anyway, that’s all I have to say right now, I’m going to go and bask in the little seen sunshine in the wettest area I’ve ever lived in! xx

    • Soooo, my friend, if you can buy small quantities of Boarax but NOT use it for what you mentioned … what WOULD you even buy it at all for?? That pretty much sums up everything I use Borax for 🙂 Oh, and to kill ants with as well. So, yes, I guess it is toxic! Ha!! Maybe my son should not have licked his hands yesterday … ewww … just kidding!!

  2. Jessie

    Well I have to say that I’m very glad to see all this rain!!! We were so dry here that we were chocking on the dust that was coming out of the ground. It is also making my kids be able to sit down and finish their 4H projects that are all due next week!!! Thank you Lord for a week of rain!!!!

    • True that … as to the dryness and hotness. At least it is cooler now 🙂 And true also is the fact that kidlet is having to use his imagination more. Ok, cuz, you win. Rain is a blessing 🙂

  3. Dana

    We made slime out of borax and Elmer’s glue with Nathan last time he was here. Also the vinegar and baking soda volcano. But the slime was his favorite. 🙂

    • Oh, the vinegar and baking soda is on my list. I’m incorporating that into a bible study on controlling your anger. I’ll be posting about that one day in the near future!! Isn’t science fun?? 🙂

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