Have you ever played with Clean Mud? I've always wanted to make Clean Mud (can't believe I didn't do this until now!) and finally did with the neighborhood kids and my daughter. They all loved it. It was such a fun process and great sensory experience. It also contains simple materials I think you'll have right at home: Ivory Soap + Toilet Paper + Water. I got the recipe here at earthkids.com. Keep reading to find out the details of this super cool sensory play experience.
To create Clean Mud you'll need:
3 Bars of Ivory Soap
1 to 2 rolls of toilet paper
Hot water (not scalding)
Liquid Watercolors or Food Colors
large bowl or container
To make the Clean Mud, first you grate the Ivory Soap. They all wanted to help with this step. Then you can start tearing up the toilet paper.
We were kind of grating and putting the toilet paper in at the same time to keep everyone busy. After adding the toilet paper and grated Ivory soap, we added the water little by little. The instructions said it should feel like Whipped Topping. I thought it was much squishier and thicker than that.
Next, start combining it all together. Here is my daughter and her friend squishing it all together. They just loved this part.
They kept squishing it back and forth. Lot of smiles and giggling!
Back and forth. So fun!
The cool thing about Clean Mud is that it is very moldable too. Here is a "Clean Mud Mountain"!
Also, it is quite fun to poke with fingertips. We didn't even add any tools or containers....they had so much fun just playing without other materials
They all suggested mixing color into it and I thought that was brilliant idea! I put liquid watercolor (you could use food color) and Clean Mud in individual plastic bags so they could all mix their own color. This reminded me of our Paint Mixing In Bags. Since the Clean Mud was in bags they could take it home to show their parents.....yay!
With the rest of the Clean Mud we added a bunch of colors.
This is my Heart Creation that I made. It kind of gave a rainbow effect! I liked molding the Mud into things because I always want to make everything into a sculpture. Either way it was a successful sensory play experience and I sure hope you give it a try. Let me know if you try it.
More Clean Mud Inspiration:
Sparkle Soap Mud from The Imagination Tree
Clean Mud via the Microwave from Child Central Station
Clean Mud Experience for Young Children from
Let The Children Play
Let The Children Play