When it comes to mess there are certain things that I can handle and certain things that send my stress levels off the charts…
Like trying to dye Easter eggs today. The hubs got my kids these spray painters that looked like water guns…and yeah, I am pretty sure dyes will be banned from my house for quite some time. But, sensory bins like this Marshmallow Magic Mud are actually something that I can handle pretty stress-free. It’s gooey, goopy, and overall pretty messy. Yet, when it comes to clean up it is actually super simple.
Plus, this is made with Peeps. How can you not love an excuse to use up those Peeps?
We made this bin a couple of weeks ago and it is still sitting at the kids table in its tray to play with. We have had that much fun with it. I tried really hard to get some photos of it in different shapes because it is moldable like playdough, but the pictures I was able to get really don’t do justice for just how neat of a texture this is.
We were able to roll it up into a ball.
It would hold the shape from cookie cutters for quite some time.
We could even use it with play dough scissors!
But, when left unagitated for 5-10 minutes it would all melt down to the shape of our sensory bin. This was a really neat non-Newtonian Fluid!
If playdough and oobleck were to mix into a new sensory material I am pretty sure it would be pretty close to this.
Items Needed to Make Marshmallow Magic Mud:
How to Make Marshmallow Magic Mud
To start you are going to pop 3-5 peeps into your microwave for 30 seconds or until they start to expand. My kids loved watching this! Once your peeps are softened you will add in the cornstarch and water.
One thing I noticed when making this is that if there is too much water in the mix you will end up with just straight oobleck, and if you don’t get enough water in it, you will end up with something pretty similar to our crunchy foam. So what we did was add a bit of water at a time until we got it right. For a 16 oz box of cornstarch, we used a little more than 1/4 cup of water.
I would honestly leave about 1/4 of the cornstarch in your box to make sure that you have enough to correct your mud if it gets too watery.
Kids will have a blast with this versatile dough!