Floating Ball Activity

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Katie

Photo of a librarian playing the floating ball activity
Megan, a Youth Services Librarian at DBRL, gives the floating ball activity a try.

Looking for a quick, educational way to keep you kids quietly entertained? Then try this simple floating ball activity. It’s great for indoor fun and only requires a few household items.

What you’ll need

  • Bendy straw
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Paper ball, ping pong ball or pom pom
  • Scissors

What you’ll do

  1. Draw a circle about three inches across and cut it out. Cut a straight line from the edge to the center.
  2. Curl the paper circle into a funnel shape, and apply tape to hold the shape.
  3. Cut the end of your funnel (just a little bit), and insert the bendy end of the straw. Tape the straw in place, making sure to get a good seal with the tape.

Floating ball craftCraft complete! Your floating ball apparatus is now assembled. When you (slowly and steadily) blow in the long end of the straw, the ball will float above your funnel. You can make different funnels of varied shapes and sizes to see how they work differently.

Want to try some other indoor activities with your kids? Get some great ideas from these materials at your library.