Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Summer Science: Making Floam

Wednesdays with Whitney

Incorporating learning into the summer benefits the children. If done properly, the kids will will be having so much fun they won't know they are having lessons at home. Making Floam is a great science lesson and is a great medium for kids to create with when they are tired of the same old playdoh or modeling clay.

What You Will Need:
2 tsp. Borax (found in laundry aisle at stores)
1/2 c.Water and another 1/4 c. Water
1/4 c. White School Glue
Food Coloring
Air Tight Plastic Bag (like Ziploc)
1-2/3 c. of Polystyrene or Micro Beads or Rip up Styrofoam

What To Do:
1. Dissolve 2 tsp. borax completely in 1/2 cup of water. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl mix 1/4 c. white glue and 1/4 c. water. Add food coloring of choice.
3. Pour the glue solution into the air-tight bag.
4. Then add 3 Tbsp. of the borax/water solution. Do NOT mix yet.
5. Add the polystrene or micro beads or tear up chunks of styrofoam into tiny pieces.
6.Seal and knead the bag by hand until thoroughly mixed. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then knead for a few more minutes.

Reference: We found the Floam recipe at and the photos are by Stephanie Felzenberg. Stop by next Wednesday for another fun project by Whitney Tang.

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