Homemade floam


Mixing the floam itself is a really fun activity for toddlers as they interact with the texture and build muscle in their hands using their fine motor skills. Floam is a super fun material that can be moulded and shaped like play dough, but is also squishy and gooey like slime. Irresistible to touch!

Floam can be stored in an air tight container for endless play, or kids can leave their creations out to dry and preserve their works of art. Polystyrene beads can be found in most craft stores or online. Borax is a laundry booster and can be found online or in most supermarkets. 

What you’ll need

  • 2 tsp of borax 
  • 1/2 cup of warm water 
  • 1/4 cup of warm water 
  • 60 ml of white school glue 
  • 1 & 1/3 cups of polystyrene beads (bean bag filler)
  • Food colouring (optional)


  1. Combine 2 tsp of borax with 1/2 cup of very warm water 
  2. Mix until the borax is dissolved
  3. Combine 1/4 cup of white school glue with 1/4 cup of water 
  4. Add several drops of food colouring for extra fun 
  5. Once the ingredients of both bowls are mixed, pour the glue mixture into a zip lock bag 
  6. Add the polystyrene beads, then add the borax and water mixture and seal the bag
  7. Mix the floam around to create a stiff consistency 
  8. After a little mixing, you will now have floam!


  • Fine motor skills
  • Creativity & imagination
  • Problem solving
  • Sensory skills

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