A bouncy rubber band ball is an entertaining toy for kids. You can also keep it on your desk as a paperweight or just continue adding elastic bands to make the ball grow over the years. Who can say? One day, you may make a world record with your crafting efforts.
Here is an exciting opportunity to get rid of the old, junk hair rubber bands strewn throughout your drawer. Put them to creative use by crumpling the first few with dry hands to make the core and wrapping the others around it to make a ball of the desired size.
In this video, though the middle of the bouncy ball has been made by twisting four rainbow loom rubber bands you can choose any number depending upon the desired size of the ball.
Let kids have a fun time by teaching them how to make rubber band balls. It’s simple, enjoyable and gives them a compact way to organize rubber bands.
This rubber band ball might look huge, but the process is actually easy and repetitive. Start with a thick rubber band folded 2-3 times and surround it with the other rubber bands one by one.
If you are a fan of the mammoth balls, you may take an interest in the fact that Joel Waul of USA holds the world record of creating the largest rubber band ball ever that weighs 4,097 kg. Quite a good reason to pursue this hobby, what say?
Elastic band balls can be made of any size by folding rubber bands in opposite directions for the center followed by wrapping bands in any direction for the periphery.
A little bit of knot tying is involved in this process of creating a bouncy ball. You can have a loop sticking out of the sphere that can be secured to an elastic cord round a kid’s wrist and bounced around!
You can make the core with a marble or a golf ball. Even coins and quarters might help. However, a true rubber band ball doesn’t need such props. It’s made with elastic bands only. Hence, you can try out the previous methods if you are not too keen on cheating!
An aluminum foil rolled into a 2-3 cm diameter sphere forms the center for winding the rubber bands around. You can stretch the bands and double them over for a bigger size. Even a tin foil does the job well.
If you find making the middle with a tiny ping pong ball to be easy, you may go ahead with that, but those who do not want to cheat would need only rubber bands for the DIY.
It is important to keep in mind the final structure of the ball while you are going on adding rubber bands. That way you can balance out the load evenly.
If you want to take part in a largest rubber-band-ball-building challenge, you could find inspiration in the article linked above.
Though this ball is made with the help of a marble you may use a baseball or basketball depending upon the dimension of your choice.
If you do not want to use any ball for the core, you can make it with a tin foil as instructed or even paper.
Make the holidays fun by tying a bit of cord or ribbon to your homemade rubber band balls and hanging them from the windows or Christmas trees.
Try out different sizes like that of a soccer ball, baseball, etc. If you like experimenting check out what happens when you cut open a rubber band ball in half, destroy it with a hydraulic press or drop it from a plane (with adequate safety measures, of course!). Children can have a gala time by using the mini version as a toy wrecking ball.
Published on December 13th 2016 by Peyton Derrida