This is a sensory play recipe that I have wanted to try for a long time and it was so delightfully messy! Soap mud is a soft, foamy, glorious goop, which is wonderful for squeezing and squishing with hands and feet! It is often referred to as “clean mud” as it really does have the feeling of warm, wet mud, but is made from soap and therefore leaves your children smelling delicious!
We grated 3 bars of solid soap into a wonderful heap of scented shavings. Cakie had a go but I ended up doing most of it. Try and avoid your 15 month old grabbing a fistful and eating it- apparently it doesn’t taste as good as it looks!
Then we tore up one toilet roll into lots of teeny-weeny pieces. This can become a fun game of “let’s throw it all around the room like snow” according to my 2 year old. This last part is optional
Then we moved this outside (hugely advised) and C. poured in nearly 2 jugs of quite warm water. We tried with luke warm water and it wasn’t hot enough to melt the soap shavings. Experiment!
We found it mixed best when we got our hands in and started smooshing it together that way instead. It had a WONDERFUL consistency. You really have to try it to experience it! If it is too wet add a little more ripped toilet paper, if too pasty then add more warm water.
Pop got straight to work cooking up a storm!
Cakie said it needed sparkles. And thankfully we still have about 20 tubs of glitter left over from the rainbow play dough for Pop’s birthday, so that request was easily fulfilled.
And she was right, of course, It was MUCH better with copious amounts of glitter. Don’t you just find that about life?!
We found some cardboard and they started to lay the soap mud onto it, making the beginnings of a relief sculpture. It will dry really well as it’s actually a soapy version of paper mache isn’t it? Doesn’t it remind you of that terrible mess that the naughty children at school would throw at the ceilings in the toilets (remember that?!)
Possible questions to help promote your child’s investigative thinking skills:
- what do you think will happen when we combine these materials?
- what if we use cold water? would the soap melt? why/ why not?
- what does it feel/ look/ smell like? Is it what you expected?
- what could we make with this?
- how long will it take for the soap mud to dry out? what could we do to speed it up?
- when it is dried, can we make it soft and squishy again? how?
- sensory: exploring materials using all of the senses/ exploring wet and dry, hard and soft
- maths: experimenting with capacity- filling and emptying containers/ problem solving/ counting out spoonfuls etc
- literacy: language- describing words/ new vocabulary/ telling stories related to mess and mud
- science: concoctions/ recipes/ stirring/ blending/ mixing/ combining materials/ changing materials from dry to wet and wet to dry
- motor skills: fine motor development through squishing/ stirring/ mixing/ kneading/ squeezing/ spooning/ spreading/ tearing/ grating
- creative: telling stories/ creating small world play scenes
Cakie: 33 months
Pop: 15 months