Ghost Mud or Clean Mud is so easy to make and it’s a wonderful sensory activity for your children. It smells fantastic, and it’s delightfully ooey and gooey when you squeeze it through your fingers. It’s similar to playdough, but softer and silkier.
Yesterday I showed you how to do the coolest (not to mention super-simple and inexpensive) science experiment with a bar of Ivory Soap. If you missed it, you have to check it out! It’s just the craziest. All you need is a bar of soap and a microwave!
I mentioned that normally, we make our homemade laundry detergent with the results of the experiment, but we didn’t do that yesterday. We had some fun with it! We used it to make a batch of ghost mud.
Making ghost mud is just as fun as playing with it. Your kids will have a blast helping you whip up a batch.
What you’ll need:
- a bar of ivory soap
- a roll of toilet paper
- a cup of warm water
First off, ask your kids to remove all of the toilet paper from the roll. This is pretty much an activity in itself:
Gather it all up and put it in a large basin (I use a storage container for this).
As for the soap, you can either grate it, or do the Ivory Explosion. If you do the Ivory Explosion, the soap gets quite papery and fragile as it expands, so you can simply crumble it up to use for your ghost mud.
Once you’ve grated or crumbled your soap, add it to 1 cup of very warm water, and mix until it gets mushy.
Now pour it over the toilet paper in the bin, and put the kids to work. You need to mush for several minutes to combine all of the paper and soapy water until you have a smooth, slippery, pulpy, mess.
For the first couple of minutes it won’t feel like it’s really turning into anything great, but be patient. Keep working it: gathering it together, and kneading it, and you’ll end up with a wonderful, slick, mold-able dough. You can add a little water if it seems too dry, or if you want it a little “sloppier”.
I handed out spoons, scoops and bowls, and the Hooligans pretended they were serving up ice cream.
Want to see another fantastic way to use this stuff? Check out our pink and sparkly Fairy Mud!
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