Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, a handful of seashells and flower petals and, if you’re brave enough, a container or two of glitter.
Hold onto your hats, Momma’s! We’ve busted out the glitter! I know you must be thinking that I’ve completely lost it, because it’s a well known fact that I’m a self-proclaimed glitter-phobe, but every Thursday is an “all girl day” here at my daycare, and I got it in my head a week or so ago to take our clean mud/ghost mud recipe, and transform it into a batch of truly girly, glittery goodness for my Thursday gang. Long before we made it, I had decided to call it “fairy mud”, and I knew it couldn’t be done without glitter, so I pulled up my big girl panties, and went for it!
And you know what? It was AWESOME! Ok, so it helped that we were outside (I never could have been so brave inside), and the glitter was contained in the mud (I still can’t imagine crafting with “loose glitter”), but it really was awesome, and added the perfect sparkly touch to this awesome sensory activity.
To make our fairy mud, I simply tweaked our ghost mud recipe, a pure white sensory dough which yields a slightly smaller amount. You can see that recipe here.
Fairy Mud ingredients:
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- 2 rolls of toilet paper
- bar and a half of Ivory Soap (grated)
- 1.5 to 2 cups WARM Coloured Water (food colouring and water)
- a couple of tubes of glitter
Oops – I guess that’s actually 4 ingredients. I wasn’t really thinking of the glitter as being an ingredient when I titled the photo. Sorry!
Tools that we used:
- plastic ice cream cones
- meatball scoop
- playdough cutters and stampers
and for embellishments, we added some rose petals from the garden, and a handful of sea shells.
Making your fairy mud:
I started by having the hooligans take all the toilet paper off the rolls. This was an activity in itself, and they had fun running around tossing the rolls into the air, and pulling the paper off the cardboard tubes. When their mission was complete, we gathered up all the t.p., and put it in a shallow plastic storage container.
Then we grated our soap and transfered it into a plastic container.
We added the warm coloured water into the soap shavings and the hooligans mashed and mushed the shavings until the mixture was fairly smooth. It smelled so good.
*I started out with 1.5 cups of water, but I had to add a little more (a wee bit at a time) to get our mixture to a consistency that I was happy with. The amount of water you’ll require will depend on the amount of t.p. on your rolls.
And when we were happy with the consistency of our mixture, we dumped in the GLITTER!
And THAT, my friends, is how you make FAIRY MUD!
Now add a little bling: some flower petals, seashells, or whatever else you have on hand – sequins, plastic jewels, glass beads etc., and get playing!
The girls created cookies, ice cream cones and cupcakes, and had a great time just mucking around in their beautiful mess!
Keep a bowl of water and a towel handy for those who like to clean their hands frequently while playing with messy materials.