Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Clean Mud

We've done clean painting, but clean mud? Really? Anna at The Imagination Tree is awesome, so when I found this post I knew we had to try it. It's a great science experiment with some added bonuses, too:
•fine motor development
•language - new vocabulary words
•sensory - using the senses, exploring dry and wet

Materials:
1. 3 bars of plain bar soap (we used generic brand Dove)
2. 1 roll of toilet paper
3. Very warm water
4. Container for mixing and playing (we used our light box container since it had a lid. My kids have out played the light box right now anyway)
5. Glitter and coloring (optional)
6. Cheese grater

What to do:
1.  Grate the soap bars into the container
2. Tear up the toilet paper into little pieces.
3. Put the paper in the container with the shredded soap and head outside. (This next part can get messy)
4. I filled a half gallon milk jug with really warm water to take outside. Pour the water in with the soap and toilet paper a little at a time, mixing it with your hands. You want the water to be warm enough to melt the soap. 
5. Stir, squish, mush and ooze the "mud"in between your fingers! We added glitter and purple Kool Aid powder too!!! 
 *You could also put some in a zip baggie for those who like the feel of it but don't like the mess that comes with it ;)

UPDATE - We still have the container if what Busy now calls "muck" and yesterday they used the jungle animals to create a jungle scene :)