Dec 30, 2013

Homemade Floam Recipe for Play

The other day Rosie and Jewel saw Floam at the store and wanted me to purchase some.  Before buying it I wanted to try and see if we could make floam first.  The process of making play materials at home is fun and educational, and kids really enjoy playing with materials they make themselves.  So, once we got home we Googled to see if we could make our own Floam.

Homemade Floam 
Homemade floam is easy to make and SO FUN!  Much cheaper than store bought, too!

Recipe for Play
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Floam Recipe
  • 2 tsp of borax (found in the laundry aisle or online here)
  • 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: 3-5 drops of food coloring if color is desired
                     

Note-  You may need to purchase a few items to make this, but making your own floam is way cheaper overall.  Once you buy the borax and bean bag filler you will have enough to make many, many batches of floam.  You can also use these ingredients to make a ton of other play materials like slime or homemade bouncy balls.  Visit our play recipes collection for other ideas.

Method
  • 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 food coloring 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 prefer stiff floam, so we used all of the borax & water mixture.

Homemade floam recipe

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.

Homeamde Floam- this stuff is easy to make and so fun! {So much cheaper than the store bought stuff!}
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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.

Rosie and Jewel have had great fun playing with their homemade floam, and they were so proud that they were able to make a product at home rather than buying it in the store.

A Few Tips:  Polystyrene beads can be found in most craft stores for very inexpensive.  You can also get them online here.  I could not find a smaller size bag of the mini beads online, so you may want to check your local craft store.  You could try breaking up Styrofoam you have on hand or use a cheese grater and grate Styrofoam cups if that is easier or more accessible.   We did not make our floam this way, but during my Google searching I read that it works.  Borax is a laundry booster and can be found in the laundry aisle of most stores or online here.   To make a variety of colors we made several batches of floam.

Click the photos below for more homemade play recipes

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  Play Recipe- How to make your own glowing bounce balls   http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/06/play-recipe-sand-dough.html  Two ingredient snow play recipe- this stuff is amazing!  Naturally cold and feels just like fresh powder in your hands

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