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Have you heard of Floam? We made some homemade floam this week. It has been on my to-do list for MONTHS and I am excited we finally tackled this fun sensory learning activity. I was at Target a couple of months back and saw this fun educational set that had floam and some letters and numbers to build on. I decided I had to try and create something like that! The first step was making some homemade floam. We have loved doing variations of slime in the past, so this was the latest experiment.
How to Make Homemade Floam
This stuff is really simple to make! It’s hard to mess it up. If you have ever tried making slime, it is almost exactly the same. Floam is basically just slime with little styrofoam micro-beads added in.
2/3 c. warm water -divided
1/3 c. white school glue
2 tsp borax
1 c. styrofoam beads
Mix the borax with 1/3 c. water. Stir to dissolve. Mix the glue with the other 1/3 c. water. Add in the styrofoam beads and mix well. Once the glue and styrofoam are combined, quickly stir in the borax solution. Mix it well and mix it fast.
This awesome homemade floam is SO Much fun to play with! My kids and I made it in a bunch of colors and had a great time with it.
After it was done, I gave my daughter some learning mats to use it with. I printed some alphabet and number tracing pages out for her to build the letters and numbers. I also used the number dot pages from my preschool math set for her to make floam dots for the numbers.
We made 5 different colors of floam.
Where to Get the Floam Ingredients:
I got this multi-colored pack pack of styrofoam beads on Amazon (linked above). You could also buy a big pack of the white ones used to make bean bags and add your own colors. It might be cheaper that way.
Borax is a laundry soap ingredient. Many people avoid using this since it is toxic, but just warn your kids not to eat it! If you don’t want the borax powder, you could try substituting contact solution which also has some boric acid in it and provides the same results.
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Try some of my other slime recipes, too!