How to Make Play Foam Putty

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tsp. borax

  • Water

  • 1/4 cup white glue

  • Food coloring (optional)

  • Bag of Styrofoam beads

  • Sandwich bag

Children learn by seeing and listening, and with their hands through playing. Toys are designed to integrate fun and learning. You can make your own materials to encourage your child to play and use his natural creativity, such as play foam putty. Children can mold it easily and it can be made using mostly ingredients you already have around the home.


Step 1

Pour 1 tsp. of borax in a bowl and add in 1/2 cup of water. Stir until dissolved.

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Step 2

Mix 1/4 cup white glue and 1/4 cup water in a separate bowl. Add one or two drops of food coloring to the mix if desired.

Step 3

Pour the glue and water mixture into a sandwich bag and add 1 tbsp. of the borax and water mixture.

Step 4

Pour approximately 2 cups of the Styrofoam beads into the sandwich bag. These beads can be found at most arts and crafts stores.


Step 5

Close the sandwich bag and knead until all ingredients are mixed completely. Allow the mixture to stand for approximately 15 minutes, or until the gel easily separates from the inside of the bag.


Keep the foam putty away from furniture or rugs, where it can get stuck.


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