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Homemade Floam

Floam is so fun! It can be molded and shaped but is also squishy and gooey. It has a really unique texture that is irresistible to touch. The process of making play materials at home is fun and educational, and kids really enjoy playing with materials they make themselves.

How to Make FLOAM

  • 2 tsp of borax (found in the laundry aisle.)

  • 1/2 cup of warm water & 1/4 cup of warm water- divided
  • 2 oz of white school glue

  • 1 & 1/3 cups of polystyrene beads (bean bag filler)

  • Optional: Food coloring or liquid watercolors if color is desired.


  • In a bowl combine 2 teaspoons of borax with 1/2 cup of very warm water.
  • Mix until the borax is dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/4 cup of white school glue with 1/4 cup of water. Add several drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors if color is desired.
  • Once the ingredients of both bowls are mixed pour the glue mixture into a zip seal bag. Add the polystyrene beads and then add the borax and water mixture and seal the bag.

  • Once sealed mix the ingredients of the bag well until the floam is formed

  • You can use more or less of the borax and water mixture to create different floam consistencies. Use more for a stiffer and more mold-able floam. Use less to create a more slime-like floam. We wanted a stiffer floam, so we used all of the borax & water mixture.
  • Mixing the floam is really fun for kids and is an activity all in itself

  • After lots of mixing you will have FLOAM! We repeated the above steps to make a variety of colors. To get vibrant coloring you will want to add a lot of food coloring. You can also use liquid watercolors, which work really well!

Floam can be stored in an air tight container for endless play, or kids can leave their creations out to dry and preserve their works of art.

(Polystyrene beads can be found in most craft stores. Borax is a laundry booster and can be found in the laundry aisle of most stores.)


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