Director's Column: Fun with "floam" and other recipes for home

I was in 3-day this week and got to play with "floam", a mixture of slime and foam beads. It is funny to watch children when they see these substances for the first time. Some love to jump right in with both hands; others want absolutely nothing to do with it … until they see how much fun their friends are having! Our extended day group has also been experimenting with different sensory materials and they are having a lot of messy fun. Most of these are easy to recreate at home; here are some recipes to try for yourself!

Gak (Slime):

Elmer’s Glue

Liquid Starch

Food Coloring

Mix food coloring in with 1 cup glue. Add liquid starch a few tablespoons at a time and stir. Then, knead until it becomes rubbery and not too sticky.

Cloud Dough:

Hair Conditioner

Cornstarch

Mix 1 cup conditioner (we like Green Apple … it smells great!) and 2 cups cornstarch together. Knead until dough forms.

Sand Foam:

Sand Shaving Cream Fill a bucket or bowl or bin with sand and add a generous amount of shaving cream. Mix until light and fluffy and whipped, like foam. You can tweak the consistency by adding more shaving cream or more sand. Have fun!

Best,

Nina

#gak #clouddough #sandfoam #sensorymaterials

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