Have you ever seen floam in the store or in kid magazines? I’ve never bought this play material because it’s pricey, but my kids have begged me to buy it! I’ve thought about purchasing it, but honestly, I wanted to see if I could make some myself.
I found a recipe for homemade floam on Pinterest and they recommend using Poly-Fil Micro Beads. I looked at my local craft stores and couldn’t find it anywhere! I decided to try using grated styrofoam instead. So I took a cheese grater and break up the styrofoam into pieces. It was easy, but a bit messy.
Here’s what you need to make floam:
- 1 cup of grated styrofoam
- 1 tsp. Borax
- warm water (1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons, divided)
- 2 tablespoons of white glue
- Gallon-size Ziploc bag
- food coloring (optional)
How to make it:
- In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of warm water with 1 tsp. of Borax.
- In another bowl, mix two tablespoons of white glue with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Mix in food coloring.
- Pour the glue and water mixture into the Ziploc bag.
- Add the 1 cup of grated styrofoam into the Ziploc bag. Make sure the styrofoam is coated with the glue mixture.
- Pour in the water and Borax mixture. Seal the bag and mix the ingredients. (The floam will form quickly.)
- Take the floam mixture out of the bag and mix with your hands. I squeezed out excess water into the sink until I got it to the right consistency.
I made three batches in a row (for three colors) using this method and it worked every time. I found that the more I played with it in my hands, the better it felt. At first, it felt a little rough from the styrofoam, but after a couple minutes, it felt better and was a good consistency.
Then the kids played with it!
The kids enjoyed molding the floam into balls, flattening it, or just squeezing it. It’s a great stress reliever!
This was such a fun sensory play activity to try out. I kept the floam in sealed Ziploc bags. We’ve had ours for several days and it hasn’t dried out. (I will update this post to share how long it lasts after I find out!)
This was day 30 of the 31 Days of Play Series. To see all the play activities, visit here.