Before Visiting The Pumpkin Patch This Fall, Make Your Own!

Floam and slime are super popular right now. Older kids love making it and younger kids love playing with it! This was my first time making floam, and it was NOT a total success! Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes!! Although the floam pumpkin patch was a hit, so I guess it was a success overall!!!

What You Will Need

  1. 2 tsp of Borax
  2. 1/4 cup of Elmer’s Glue
  3. 1/3 cups of Polystyrene Beads (bean bag filler)
  4. 3/4 cups of Water
  5. Orange food coloring or tempera paint
  6. Green Pipe Cleaners

How To Make The Floam

  1. Combine 2 teaspoons of borax with 1/2 cup of very warm water.
  2. Stir until the borax is dissolved.
  3. In a separate bowl combine 1/4 cup of Elmer’s glue with 1/4 cup of water.  Add orange coloring to this mixture.
  4. Pour everything into a ziplock bag start with the glue mixture first, then add the borax mixture.
  5. Seal the bag and kneed it well.
  6. Then add the polystyrene beads. Kneed again!
  7. All of this seem to take a lot of kneeing, be patient and keep working at it!

Helpful Floam Tips

Follow the measurements provided above!! I am not the best at this and when I made this  I put in WAY too many beads and too much of pretty much everything. I was trying to double the batch without really measuring.

It still turned out more on the slim side, but it worked! I think I use a bit too much borax so the foam beads did not really get worked in very well!  So yours might look a bit different than mine, but as long as you are able to shape it then your kids will have a blast!

If you store the floam in an air tight container, it will provide endless hours of play!

The polystyrene beads can be found a most craft stores, and it is pretty cheap! I found mine at a dollar store. Or you can order it here. You can also blend up some foam cups and use this as well!

This seems like it would be a mess to clean up, but if you follow the directions I provided it ends up being a pretty easy sensory material to clean up!!! Some polystyrene beads  end up popping out of the floam but they sweep right up!

Floam Pumpkin Patch

Give your child a batch of orange floam and some green pipe cleaner stems!

Have them roll the floam into balls of different shapes and sizes.

Next have them bend their pipe cleaners into fun stem shapes and stick them into their floam pumpkins!

Before you know it they will have a pretty unique little floam pumpkin patch!!

OR you can just use orange playdough!! If you want to skip the whole floam thing! 🙂 My little did really enjoy the floam, just because it was different than normal!!!

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