Rainbow Floam Recipe

April 05, 2016
My kids LOVED the glow in the dark floam that we made so much that we quickly made more.
This time we took it up a notch and made RAINBOW FLOAM!

Make your own RAINBOW FLOAM; this stuff takes minutes to make & is seriously SO COOl!  Squish it, mold it, and see what if feels like to touch a rainbow!

Floam is so fun & really easy to make!  We made our rainbow floam very similar to how we made our glow in the dark floam, only this time we used neon paint & added scent. 

Scented Floam Materials
Method
  • In a bowl combine two bottles of white school glue with 1& 1/2 cups of polystyrene beads and mix well.  Add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture if scent is desired.
  • Divide the glue and bead mixture into containers, using one container for each color of floam you wish to make.  Then add a squirt of neon paint to each container.  
DIY scented rainbow FLOAM.  This stuff takes minutes to make & is seriously SO COOL!  Squish it, mold it, watch it GLOW
  • Mix the paint into the glue mixture, and then slowly add liquid starch to each container until the desired consistency is reached.  
  • Be sure to add the starch slowly & mix well before adding more!  You will need very little.  See the bottom of the post for helpful tips.
  • That's it!  After a bit of mixing you will have beautifully vibrant glowing floam!  
DIY scented rainbow FLOAM.  This stuff takes minutes to make & is seriously SO COOL!  Squish it, mold it, watch it GLOW

The floam is loads of fun just like this, but mixing the colors together produces BEAUTIFUL results.

DIY scented rainbow FLOAM.  This stuff takes minutes to make & is seriously SO COOL!  Squish it, mold it, watch it GLOW
DIY scented rainbow FLOAM.  This stuff takes minutes to make & is seriously SO COOL!  Squish it, mold it, watch it GLOW

My girls loved squishing, stretching, building, and creating with their floam.  I gave them play dough tools and toy figures, and they played for hours!

Adding essential oil made the floam smell amazing!  Essential oil comes in a variety of scents; for this activity we used sweet orange essential oil.

Tips & Troubleshooting:  Store your floam in an air tight container, and it will keep for several months.  Polystrene beads can be found at most craft stores or online here.  Liquid starch can be found at Super Walmart stores or online here.  Be sure to add the liquid starch to this recipe slowly, as a little goes a long way.  Each time we make floam the amount of starch needed varies slightly, but to give you an idea the recipe is roughly two parts glue & 1 part starch.  If you accidentally add too much starch you can remedy that by adding more glue.

Is your floam too sticky?  Add more starch  How do you know you have the consistency right?  The floam will be squishy and moldable but not sticky or too rubbery.  If the floam is breaking apart too easily that means you added too much starch & need more glue.


Don't feel like making floam but really want to try it?  You can buy floam online here.
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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!