This 3 ingredient clean mud recipe is lots of fun for kids to make and play with. Soft and mouldable, it is the perfect alternative if you have a child who struggles to touch outdoor dirt and mud. Also great for children who have sensitive skin as the ingredients are not damaging. It’s just great fun to make and play with.
Possum (aged 3.5 years) absolutely loves to play with clean mud. It is quite difficult to describe the texture. If I was to try I’d say it’s soft, mouldable and squishy. It also smells beautiful and makes your hands wonderfully soft. We have made it a few times because it can be quickly made up and is sure to provide hours of entertainment. Trust me.
Recommended age: 3 years +
(Active supervision is required at all times on all my activities)
For this clean mud recipe you will need to tear up a basketball size amount of toilet paper. Possum and I then tore it into small strips, which helps to make that squishy texture. If the toilet paper isn’t torn up small enough then you will find that it won’t squish through your fingers as well.
Once you’ve done that add 1 cup of soap flakes. I was able to purchase ours from the laundry aisle in the supermarket, otherwise you can grate your own bar of soap. Then you will need to add 2 cups of warm water, which will become absorbed by the toilet paper shreds and soften the soap flakes.
Once you have added all that then you need to get your hands into the mixture and knead it and mix it all together until it’s very well combined. This is obviously wonderful for building the muscles of the hand and sensory exploration. Of course soaps and toilet papers can vary between countries so you might need to ‘tweak’ this. If the mixture is way too dry then add a little more warm water, if it’s a sloppy mess then add more shreds of toilet paper. Easy! Make the mixture that appeals to you and your child.
This stuff is seriously SO cool to play with and it seems hard to believe that all you need are 3 simple household ingredients. Of course I’m all for kids playing in mud, check out this hilarious mud kitchen post here, but this clean mud recipe is perfect for when you don’t have mud around, your child isn’t interested in touching mud or your looking for a fun outdoor activity that can be done indoors, this is for you.
For some added fun you can include plastic cups or cutters and let your child’s imagination and creativity go wild. It’s just great, simple fun and will keep your child occupied for ages. It will leave them with wonderfully clean hands too.
Would your child prefer clean mud or the real dirt kind?
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