If you haven’t heard Floam, you have been missing out! Making your own play supplies with your kids is a fantastic way to sneak some learning into their play. You will have a blast experimenting with how to make your own Floam!
ITEMS NEEDED FOR DIY FLOAM:
Poly-Fil Micro Beads
Tempera Paint or Food Dye
NOTES ON MAKING FLOAM:
The consistency of your floam is going to depend on much of the borax mixture you add in. For a firmer Floam you will want to use more borax. Suggest starting out light and slowly add it in until you find a consistency that you like.
Floam can be stored in an air tight container for endless play, or kids can leave their creations out to dry. This would be a super fun material for a sculpture project! Also Floam left in a ziplock bag makes a great “stress relief” ball!
For your Floam filler, polystyrene beads can be found in most craft stores for an affordable price. If you cannot find them they are available for purchase on Amazon or you could try breaking up any Styrofoam you have on hand.
2 tsp of Borax
1/4 cup of Elmer’s Glue
1/3 cups of Polystyrene Beads (bean bag filler)
3/4 cups of Water
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 Elmer’s glue with 1/4 cup of water. Add tempera powder if color is desired.
Once the ingredients of both bowls are dissolved pour everything into a ziplock bag (glue mixture, borax mixture, and polystyrene beads).
Seal the bag and shake until everything is combined.
Dump out and PLAY!