Step 1: DIY Floam
Floam, my kids loved floam while that were young. Hard to find though. I found this recipe on Pintrest at: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/homemade-floam-recipe-for-play.html?m=1 , I had it pinned under “preschool science”, and since I had my grandsons this week, and I had all the ingredients on hand, well why not. I will tell you about my funny grandkids when I am done.
2 tsp of borax (found on the laundry isle of your supper market)
1/2 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of warm water
2 oz. of white school glue (I haven’t used Elmer’s glue since they changed the formula, I have used other, cheaper brands)
1 & 1/3 cups of polystyrene beads (I have a huge bag left over from past projects, can be found where you can find supplies of bean bag chairs, if you can’t find any, you can grate up some Styrofoam cups)
Optional: 3-5 drops of food coloring if color is desired
Quart zip closure bag
Measure out the 2 tsp. of borax powder into a bowl. Slightly rounded teaspoonful worked for a stiffer floam.
Add ½ cup of very warm water and stir until the crystals have all dissolved. Now for a comment about safety. Borax is toxic, and can be harmful if not handled safely. This part is for adults to handle. Be sure the equipment is totally cleaned before using again.
In another container, put 2 ounces of white glue and ¼ cup warm water.
Add food coloring at this point.
Stir with a different spoon, (to prevent cross contamination,) until the glue, water and coloring are completely mixed.
Measure out your 1 1/3 cups of the polystyrene beads and have them ready.
I eventually add enough beads to make 2 cups.
Pour the glue mixture into the zip closure bag,
add the polystyrene beads and finally the borax solution.
Quickly zip the bag closed and start squishing the 3 parts together until they become as one.
Now comes the funny grand kids part. I made three bags made in 3 different colors and my grandsons wouldn't touch it. It was yucky. Now I’m not so sure I want to make GLARCH (another form of slime, it can be great fun), for them, oh well, I sure had fun playing with it. Enjoy!