DIY Colored Glow-In-The-Dark Bouncy Balls Science Project

This colorful glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls project is a keeper. The girls and I have had so much fun with it that I had to share it with you. It’s not only a great way to bond with your kids, but it’s an excellent way to help your children see the magic behind science and get them pumped up about the new school year. I can’t think of a better way to stir up the back to school excitement more than with fun, colorful, glow-in-the-dark science project! Can you?

I used to make bouncy balls with my mom when I was a child, and I always remember having so much fun. They were not glow-in-the-dark, but that didn’t matter to me, it was still awesome. It’s not even the colorful glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball that kids love; it’s combining ingredients and watching how they formed the bouncy ball in front of their eyes and their hands.

When I was a child, I used to tell my mom that science was like magic. It is, and it’s all around us in our lives every single day. I want my kids to see the magic of science in the projects they do but also in their lives. It sure helps give you a unique outlook on the things we do and the world around us. I want my kids to see science the in the same light I did as a child – magical understand it’s something they can reach for and use to change and improve their way of life.

If you are looking for an easy and fun way to help your kids, see the magic behind science this colorful glow-in-the-dark bouncy ball science project is a great place to start. It’s also an excellent way to get the kids pumped up about school starting.

DIY Colored Glow-In-The-Dark Bouncy Balls Science Project

To make these colorful glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls you’ll need the following supplies and ingredients:

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 glass or plastic cups
  • Spoon, fork or stirring stick
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon borax
  • 1 tablespoon Elmer’s Glue (white or clear)
  • 1 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1 teaspoon Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • 2 to 3 drops food coloring

To make your bouncy balls use the following directions:

  • Set your glasses out, if needed you can mark one – borax mixture and the other ball mixture, so you and the kids remember which one is which but it’s easy to keep them apart if you don’t want to mark up your glasses.

  • In one of the glasses combine the water and borax and stir until the borax dissolves.

In the other glass mix the glue, corn starch, food coloring, glow in the dark paint and ½ tablespoon of the borax and water mixture. Do not stir right away allow mixture to sit for about 20 seconds.

  • After the 20 seconds is up begin mixing the ingredients together until it starts to harden and is a bit sticky but all stays together.

  • Remove the mixture from the glass and start to work into a ball with your hands.

It will become less sticky and form into a ball the more you work it into a ball with your hands.

The colorful glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls are easy and only took about 15 minutes to make. Of course, we made more than one bouncy ball and the girls are still asking me if we can do it again, lol. It’s a great project for explaining polymers to your kids, but I do want to warn you that these bouncy balls are not like the ones you get from the store. They do bounce, but nothing like the ones the kids can form the little gumball machines. However, they are a whole lot of fun to make, promote science and show your children just how much fun a chemist has. Much cooler in my opinion.

The Why’s of the Bouncy Ball Project

The glue you used for your project is made of a long chain of molecules known as polymers. When you combine borax with the glue makes the polymers link together, adding the cornstarch helps the molecules bind together so they can hold their shape better. You can have a little fun with the project and try different amounts of glue (makes ball slimmer) and corn starch (adds elasticity) to show the kids how different amounts of ingredients cause a different outcome.

The bouncy ball project is an excellent way to teach your children about chemical reactions and polymers. While explaining the chemistry getting young children to understand the chemistry behind polymers and the project might be difficult keep in mind the goal is to help kids

recognize polymers in our everyday life. When you are all finished making the bouncy balls and the kids are still excited to start asking them to point out examples of polymers they see. You can drop a few hints along the way – rubber, plastic bags, etc.

The colorful glow-in-the-dark project is fun, easy and you only need a few ingredients, but you can also teach your children about science by taking advantage of daily activities. There are plenty of ways you can incorporate science into your child’s day in

There are plenty of ways you can incorporate science into your child’s day in a fun and unexpected way. Science doesn’t have to stay in the classroom, it can be taught far beyond the classroom.

Magic of Science in Daily Life

Create an oil spill

Another great activity to you can do with your kids to promote STEM learning at home is to create an oil spill. All you’ll need is a bowl, water, oil and a creative little mind.

Talk to your child about the impact an oil spill can have on the ocean and the animals who live in the sea. Then have them put their creative minds to work and let them try different cleanup methods. It’s okay for them to choose a few that are not functioning, it’s an excellent opportunity to talk to them about the importance of failure and let them know some of the biggest inventions came from a person who failed but refused to give up. A failure is a powerful tool and the younger they understand why, the better.

Science is truly a magical thing and something that we can teach our children in our daily life. Here are a few ways more ways you can teach children about science without them knowing it’s science.

Pick some white flowers

Take the kids, pick white flowers in colored water and watch how they soak up the color and change.

Take a trip to the store

While you are at the store, grab some Diet Coke and Mentos. When you get home to mix the Diet Coke and Mentos, tell everyone to stand back and watch the reactions. It is cool, but make sure and do it outside because it does get messy from the explosion.

Oh, don’t forget to grab eggs at the store

If you don’t have any eggs be sure and grab some while you are there. You can force an egg into a bottle, and you can do it by creating a suction with heat. A great, fun project you can do at home with the kids. It’s something they will go back to school talking about for sure.

Homemade lava lamp

This is one Vayda, and I are planning on doing this weekend. She has an old lava lamp that’s not living (or whatever it’s called lol) and we are going to dump out the old lava stuff and make a new one. To do this, you need vegetable oil, water, and salt. The oil and water do not mix, and the salt helps the blob of oil move.

Science is everywhere, a great way for parents to encourage a childs natural curiosity is to help them learn about the world and the way things work.  Another great place to find science tips is Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense.

There are tons of ways you can welcome science into your children’s life just by taking advantage of a situation. By welcoming science into a child’s life you are encouraging them to

be more observant, ask questions, be curious, and think outside of the box. Children’s minds are incredible, and they work in a whole different way their ours. Listening to my kid’s creative solutions has helped me see just how endless possibilities and just why we advance as quickly as we do.

I always tell my kids that there is typically more than one way to do things, more than one answer to a question, nothing is impossible, and failure isn’t a bad thing unless you give up. I make sure and explain to them that some of the best inventions have come from hundreds of failures from someone who knew the value of failure.

These bright young minds’ do not see limits and as parents we should encourage them to continue seeing the world without limits. To children, anything is possible, especially if we as encourage this way of thinking. A new generation means a whole new way of thinking.

Projects like this are a great reminder that we don’t have to be scientists to encourage our kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them. Science is everywhere – from visits to the pool, stargazing outside, baking cupcakes or digging up earthworms. Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense program knows this, and has so many great tips to help you turn your own home into a science lab – no lab coat required!

I hope you have fun with this DIY Colored Glow-In-The-Dark Bouncy Balls Science Project.  Let us know by leaving a comment about the barriers you have experienced in encouraging STEM learning beyond your kid’s classroom. What activities have you already done to promote science at home?

This is a sponsored post written by myself for the wonderful folks at Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense.  All opinions are my own but I hope you’ll swing by and check out all the great science info Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense’s website.

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3 comments

sihem January 13, 2017 - 11:46 am
thank you for sharing
Ronnell January 1, 2017 - 11:37 am
Not only would these be fun for kids to learn, I think it would be fun for adults too.
Robin Creager December 18, 2016 - 11:09 am
This would be fun to make with my 6 yr. old grandson..the possibilities are endless with different color combos.
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