Here’s another cool activity that Elsa and Anna fans will love! We’ve made an ooey-gooey, beautifully scented batch of Frozen Clean Mud! The kid will love this Disney inspired activity, and you’ll hard time keeping your hands out of it too!
The hooligans are just crazy about the latest Disney Movie. They sing the Frozen theme song all day long, and they play “Elsa and Anna” every chance they get. So I’ve been having fun thinking up lots of “Frozen” activities to make things extra-special around here. In this latest activity, I took our 3-ingredient Clean Mud recipe, tweaked it and turned it into, what else… FROZEN clean mud!
If you’re not familiar with Clean Mud – here’s the scoop. Clean mud is an amazing sensory substance made with a few very basic supplies: soap, toilet paper and water. You mix it and mash it into this amazing, mushy, mouldable dough, and it smells absolutely heavenly. Playing with this wonderful dough is a true sensory experience.
It’s a basic recipe that you can tweak to suit whatever theme you’re focusing on. Have a look at how we made our Fairy Mud last spring.
Now, let me show you how we made this latest batch of clean mud.
To make your Frozen Clean Mud, you’ll need:
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- roll of toilet paper
- bar of Ivory soap (any mild white soap will do, but Ivory smells amazing)
- blue food colouring
- warm water
- shallow storage container
How to make your Frozen Clean Mud:
1. Start by having your hooligans take all the toilet paper off the roll.
This is FUN!
I always start by tossing the roll high into the air and letting it fall to the ground. Then the hooligans throw, pull and kick it around the yard until the roll is empty. Set your t.p. aside for a few minutes.
2. Grate your soap.
If your child is very young, and you don’t think they can handle a cheese grater, you might do this step yourself.
My preschoolers are pretty handy with the grater, and they know to use it carefully to avoid grating their fingertips or knuckles.
3. Combine the soap and toilet paper in your container.
4. Add several drops of blue food colouring to 1 cup of very warm water, and pour it over the soap and toilet paper.
Now, mash, mix and mush the water, soap and toilet paper all together.
You’ll have to work it for several minutes until it becomes a mouldable dough. Because every brand of toilet paper is different when it comes to roll-size and paper thickness, you may have to add more water or toilet paper.
There’s really no right or wrong way to make clean mud. You just want to work it until you get a mucky, mushy dough that you can mould in your hands.
Finish by adding a generous amount of blue and silver glitter to your clean mud!
Isn’t it gorgeous? Now, tell me… how will you play with your Frozen Clean mud?
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Do you know if you can use the Ivory soap in this recipe after you’ve made the ivory soap cloud with it?
Yes, if you don’t want to use the Ivory soap to make the cloud dough, you can use it to make laundry detergent. Here’s my recipe: https://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe/. However, if you’re using your soap to make the clean mud with, I can’t think of too much that you could do with that when you’re finished playing with it. You might be able to press the toilet paper/soap mixture through a screen and make homemade paper, but we haven’t tried that.
We are definitely trying this one today!
I have five children of my own three-years-old and under… Definitely excited about this. Thank you!
Love it. I made it for a frozen mad girl, and my 2 year old. The girl was a little reluctant to get her hands messy, but soon got stuck in and made some frozen chocolates for Anna! Thanks. Love all your ideas.
Wonderful, Fiona! I love that she ended up enjoying the activity! Thank YOU so much for following along with us. 🙂
having excellent fun with this at this very moment … my son is mad about pre-historic animals so we are having an Ice-age morning here in sunny Devon (UK) with mammoths and bears.. thank you for such a simple play idea xx
We had so much fun doing this today, thank you!! She enjoyed the making process and spent ages with the playing too. Its stored for now, but I have no idea how well it will last!
So glad she had fun with it! I’ve kept mine overnight before, but any longer than that, and it started to grow fuzzy mold. Maybe in the fridge it would keep longer?
We have just this & the kids loved it, especially the throwing the toilet paper around the yard! We moulded ours into a volcano & are going to try the bicarbonate & vinegar trick to see it it works. Not sure how much it will dry out but figured it was worth a try. We also froze some to see if it changed it… Thanks for the awesome ideas!
Great way to stretch the activity, Nicole! Let us know how the volcano works!
Just did this today, my 4 yr old loved it, my 22 month old was confused and just wanted real mud, so real mud he got, while his sister enjoyed her clean mud:) She made a snowman (Olaf) and we are drying him to see what happens, if anything. So much fun!
Will it last a second day?
How many bars of soap did you use and loo roll?
I used one of each for this batch, Marie.
What is cleanup like? Does the toilet paper dry on the ground, cement, etc?
Would it be ok to put in jars for party favours.
Unfortunately, no, it really doesn’t keep for long. I tried patting ours into a ball, and keeping it for a later date, but it went fuzzy (moldy) after a couple of days.
Just made this. Awesome fun for ages 2-39!! lol
My preschool class will love this! But first . . . I plan to make some to use as a prize for our annual winter lake party, “Ice Bowl V” this weekend!! Thanks for the great instructions.