I originally remembered floam coming out when I was in seventh grade. But then again, that did not seem right because I was “more mature” in the seventh grade and was not as worried about toys as I was, say, in the fifth grade.
Man, oh man, did I think floam was cool too. Produced by Nickelodeon just added to the pizzazz of the bubble styro-foam gak type stuff. My mom was pretty awesome and got me most of the toys that I wanted so I am sure I played with the foam for days and days, maybe even weeks. Then, like most toys do, they fell to the way side as life moved in a forward direct.
Now I am thirty-something and I just made floam at home! Maybe it is the kid in me, maybe it is so my children can enjoy something that both hubs and I did, I don’t know. Either way, it was (for the most part) super easy.
Last year the girls made ornaments for their teachers, using the Styrofoam beads that were purchased at Hobby Lobby. Since then these beads have been hanging out in my craft dresser. Almost a year later and I put it to good use. Another item that we had on hand is borax, which I use to kill ants in the house and make laundry detergent. If you do not have it in your home, I highly recommend it!
Here’s how to make floam in your home:
Mix 1/4 cup white glue with equal amounts of water and a few drops of food coloring in a bag. Mix until well combined. Do it again with the same amounts.
Add borax water mixture and kneed until you have slime. Then add styrofoam to the mixture and keep kneading. Once it is good, open the bag and let sit five minutes before you play with it.
When you are done, it will look like this:
- 2 cups styrofoam beads
- 1/2 cup hot water, divided in half
- 1 tablespoon borax
- 1/4 cup white school glue
- 1/4 cup warm water
- food coloring, to your desire
- Mix borax with 1/2 cup hot water. Put in microwave for 10 second intervals until dissolved.
- Add glue and water with food coloring in a plastic baggie. Mix until fully combined.
- Next, add the borax mixture and knead until fully combined and makes slime.
- Add styrofoam beads to the bag, seal and mix it all up. Open and let sit for a few minutes before playing with it.
Adapted from onelittleproject.com