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  1. Hi Angela,
    We tried the recipe to a -T- and although it worked better than the last recipe it did not hold together. A sticky mess is what we ended up with, I could barely scrap it off my hands. More of the consistency of sticky slime, that would not hold it’s shape and the beads (yes the correct crafting/ bean bag chair ones) kept falling out of it:(
    Your’s looks perfect in the above pic, what’s your secret?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Oh that’s awful! I’m so sorry for the mess! It sounds like you followed the recipe perfectly. I wonder if it’s the brand of Borax? Or maybe the brand of the glue? When things are pretty sticky (like with slime) I add in more Borax/water or I even use saline solution (which must contain boric acid.)

  2. would regular Elmar’s clear glue work? What would it be like without the foam beads, slime?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes, clear glue would work. Without the foam beads, it would probably be like slime.

  3. Kelly Wagner says:


    I was wondering what can be done to make the dough smell less of glue. Do you think essential oils would work? Probably not, but I thought I’d ask!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m not sure! I haven’t experimented to see. Maybe a scented glue?

  4. B. Tanner says:

    Hello, I was going to make this with a group of 4-6 year olds. We have not done any activities that use Borax, I was wondering if it will irritate the kids skin as they play with it? (that is our only concern, but i am looking forward to trying this!)

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Since there is a chance a child could have a reaction to Borax, I would recommend trying a different recipe. Or sending an email to the parents about it before doing the activity. The main problem is that it can irritate the skin for some people. I would hate for that to happen to you, so I would err on the side of caution.

  5. Nonethanks says:

    I made the floam with contact lens solution. It is a Super sticky mess all over my hands. Maybe I’ll try to add more foam ..?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Oh no! I’m sorry. Does your contact solution include “boric acid”?

  6. Addie miller says:

    How much floam does this recipe make?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      It makes the amount shown in the picture, so enough for one person to play with. Hope that helps!

  7. Jenifer Jimenez says:

    Hi, I’m a high school student and I’m going to do a demonstration speech about this floam. However, I was wondering if I could use eye contact solution instead of borax? Can you please try it out and get back to me. I really don’t want to fail this demo speech. Thanks!

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I would think that it would work, however I cannot try it out for you at this time. If you are doing a demo speech, it’s wise to do the experiment ahead of time to make sure it works.

      1. Jenifer Jimenez says:

        Yes, that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m asking because I never really made slime it anything related to that. And I really don’t know where to find it. But that’s all I really want to know, if I can make floam without borax and use eye contact solution instead.

  8. Ana Krishnan says:

    Hi! Can you use baking soda or something else in place of Borax?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I am not sure…I haven’t tried it out!

  9. I tried this recipe and after few minutes of playing the little pallets separate from the dough making a mess all over…what am i doing wrong?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Oh no! I’m so sorry. It definitely should stay together. Let me try the activity again at home and see if I can figure out why that happened…I’ll get back to you!

    2. Angela Thayer says:

      Hi Anita! I just did the recipe again and it worked for us. Did you use grated styrofoam or styrofoam filler beads? The water/borax mixture is what keeps everything together so perhaps it needed more of that? Or maybe there was too much of the styrofoam? It should definitely stay together and not make a mess after you knead it for a minute or two. I wish I had more advice!

      1. The micro styrofoam I bought online doesn’t work for me, they separate from the dough but when i tried the big one for bean bags it worked great. I will try to grate some styrofoam and see how it works. Thank you.

  10. Im really hope that this doesnt turn out to be a fail. I love doin sensory stuff, and the other one became a FAIL!! *tear*

    But I look forward to mixing this batch up.. I noticed that it has less white glue and less Borax, so maybe it wont turn out as slimy!!!

    I look forward to this! 😀

    1. It looks like Play dough but softer for a egg drop you helped thanks

    2. I tried this in three different ways and each time all the Styrofoam beads come loose and make a mess all over the place. Any suggestions?

      1. Angela Thayer says:

        Oh no! I’m sorry! Are you using the micro sytrofoam beads? Make sure to have the tiniest ones you can find! And I would also recommend using Elmer’s glue, if you aren’t already.

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