Joshua (11) and his friend Nick (12) wanted to make these Bouncy Balls from Galt on a quiet Sunday morning in the Mama Owl household before they left for football. I set them up at the table with the kit, plus a pair of scissors (to open the packets of crystals) and a cup of water and let them get on with it.
We went over the – very simple – instructions and the boys set about making their own glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls, alternating between the different coloured crystals to create their own unique patterns and designs. It is a very basic method and was nice for the boys to sit and do together without the need for much parental assistance. Simply pour the crystals in to the moulds, place the moulds in water for two minutes, then take it out and leave it to dry for a further two minutes. Remove the mould and rinse the ball under the tap, and voila! Your bouncy ball is ready. We found that leaving it to dry for a little longer in the mould made for a better bouncy ball.
Joshua started off by making a small one, and Nick a large ball. It did take rather a lot of the crystals to make only one of the large balls so we found that there was only a small amount of crystals left to make some smaller ones. We’ve made three little ones so far and I think there might be just enough left to make one more. The kit says it contains enough crystals to ‘make two large or eight small balls’.
Galt Bouncy Balls is recommended for ages 8+ & is priced at £6.99 at Toys R Us. This is a nice little kit and would make a good birthday gift or perhaps a stocking filler. It’s very simple with easy to follow instructions, Harrison (7 next month) and Logan (9) were able to make their own bouncy balls without much assistance so the potential age for this I think is probably 6+.