I saw these awhile ago on Kiboomu and then was reminded of them again while I was poking around at Play Create Explore (seriously, such a great place to spend some time!). They are BAKED cotton balls! So fun. All you need is some flour, water, food coloring and cotton balls! Place them on a greased cookie sheet or aluminum foil, bake for about 45 minutes at 300 degree's. Yep, that's it. Maybe a hammer too.
|mix 1 cup water, 1 cup flour|
|add some color (we used food coloring)|
|toss in the cotton balls and cover with mixture|
|place on cookie sheet (I covered it with aluminum foil because I didn't feel like chipping the mixture off).|
|Hand 'em on over to the kids! Enjoy the action!|
Update: Apparently some people who tried this felt that the bottoms were flat and a little sharp. Mine also had some edges on the bottom but I simply cut those edges off with scissors. I would LOVE to hear what you did with them if you tried making them!
I also get many questions about what exactly to do with these. For me, I think they are amazing. You can use them the way we did, which helps improve hand/eye coordination, a great sensory and science experience and a nice lesson in cause and effect. Many people have asked me "What is the Point?" My answer is, why ask? Just try it. There doesn't always need to be a "point" or end result for a kid to explore, create and just play. Part of playing is cleaning up, so I don't have any issues with the kids helping me clean the mess they created. I also like to use trays when we have experiences like this, as it helps define the space they are using and contain the contents.
Here are some other folks that have made Smash Balls and how they use them. Feel free to leave a comment letting us all know how you used them. Inquiring minds want to know!
Tot Treasures used them to make Dino Balls.
Wonderbaby used them as a sensory experience here
Loving My Nest made them here,
Lil Mop Top used them to practice their sight words here
Artsy Mama Creative Kids made them here.