Clean Mud

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Clean Mud
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

When it's too cold or rainy to enjoy a great mud pie outside, try this activity in the house—without the mess! Enjoy all of our classic crafts, our games and toys to make and our school craft selection.

What you'll need

  • Medium-sized tub or tote preferably with lid
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Bar of ivory soap
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  • Borax
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Water/sand toys

How to make it

  1. Have the children shred toilet paper into the tub or tote.

  2. Next, shave the bar of ivory soap into the tub.

  3. Add enough water so that the toilet paper is well soaked but not drowning.

  4. Add just a touch of Borax (this helps keep the "mud" from molding and will allow the mixture to keep longer).

  5. Place a lid over the box and let the mixture sit overnight.

  6. The mixture will turn into a slimy consistency, much like real mud, once the toilet paper has disintegrated.

  7. Have the kids use their hands to manipulate the gooey mess or use measuring cups and other sand and water toys.

  8. When finished, place the lid back on the container, and your "mud" will keep for several days of clean fun.

  9. Have the children shred toilet paper into the tub or tote.

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