Everyone loves a good bouncy ball and what better than to make them in session and use them in a variety of ways to work on treatment goals. This activity is great with kiddos who enjoy arts and crafts and need hands on activities. This can be used to tie in memories, feelings, and other topics. It can also be used to work on boundaries, being in control of our bodies, etc.
The ingredients and steps are simple and easy, you will need:
- Cups for Mixing & a Spoon
- Food Coloring
- Warm Water
- Elmer’s Glue *glitter glue and others do not come out the same so use Elmer’s!
- In one cup mix 2 Tablespoons warm water + ½ teaspoon Borax
- Stir to dissolve and add food coloring
- In the second cup, put 1 Tablespoon of glue + add ½ teaspoon of the borax solution you just made + 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch. DO NOT STIR
- give ingredients 15 seconds to work their magic then stir!
- Stir until it gets too hard to. Use a spoon to put it all in your palm and gently roll into a ball
- Keep rolling until it is no longer gooey and starts to get a solid shape
- Add glitter if you choose J
- Set aside for a few minutes until it’s not sticky anymore
Then bounce away!
Some other ideas to use these for:
- Make the bouncy balls into memory balls and make a memory box for the child to keep their memories in and share about. If you use the Inside Out theme of emotions and feelings, you can have the child choose their memory ball color based on
- Joy = Yellow
- Sadness = Blue
- Disgust = Green
- Fear = Purple
- Anger = Red
This is a great way for kids to share about a memory while doing something hands on and processing it through the activity. You also can make memory boxes with them to store their memories and make a bunch of these!
- Use the Bouncy Ball to work on feelings and make a ball for each feeling
- Work on self-control through making these and bouncing them and discussing how we need to control our bodies.