Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and some seashells, flower petals and glitter. It’s a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers!
We’ve done lots of fairy activities lately, and today, we’re busting out the glitter! Yes. I actually said the G-word. You’re probably thinking I’ve lost it because it’s a well-known fact that I’m a self-proclaimed glitter-phobe.
What’s gotten in to me?
Well, it’s like this. On Thursdays this year, I have only girls here in my daycare, and because they’re all simply mad about fairies and princesses, I decided to make last Thursday “Fairy-Princess Day”. One of the activities I had planned was to transform a batch of traditional ghost mud into “fairy mud”.
I didn’t think that could be done without a bit of the sparkly stuff.
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, (maybe I’ll get over my issues with loose glitter one day), 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 (or clean mud) recipe, a pure white sensory dough which yields a slightly smaller amount.
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
Tools that we used:
- plastic ice cream cones
- meatball scoop
- playdough cutters and stampers
For embellishments, we added rose petals from the garden, and a handful of sea shells.
Making your fairy mud:
We started by taking all the toilet paper off the rolls. This was an activity in itself. The hooligans 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 the Ivory soap and transferred 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.
Then we poured the coloured soapy water mixture over the toilet paper, and the girls squeezed and squished it all together, until the t.p. had turned into a pulpy, moldable dough.
*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.
Looking for more easy, creative play ideas for kids? Try our:
- Homemade Giant Bubble Mix
- Shaving Cream Car Wash
- Sensory Art
- 2-Ingredient Cloud Dough
- Portable Mud-Pit
- Dino Dig – Melting ice with salt and water
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.