Have you ever had a child soak a roll of toilet paper in the sink? It happens in my home all the time. Last night I was actually pulling soaking wet toilet paper out of the bath tub. Who does that?! Obviously my kids… Instead of tossing the wet toilet paper into the garbage can I set it aside to make this super fun Rainbow Clean Mud.
For my baby shower with my oldest child members of my Mom’s church gave me a notebook filled with their favorite activities to do with their children. We originally discovered this toddler mud recipe in that book and it has been one of our favorite messy play bins for almost eight years now!
Items Needed to Make Rainbow Clean Mud
- 2 rolls of toilet paper, wet
- 1 bar of soap
- Grater (buy here)
- Tempera or Liquid Watercolors (buy here)
- Under the Bed Rubbermaid (buy here)
For this activity, my kids had already helped me out by soaking one roll…
How to Make Rainbow Clean Mud
When making toddler mud I use an under the bed Rubbermaid instead of the typical bin that we use during sensory play because my kids tend to get very animated while playing with it and it does get everywhere. We also play this on laminate flooring or outside — something like this would be fantastic to play in the tub!
If your rolls are not already wet you will want to soak through two rolls of tp and set them aside to absorb the water while you shred up the bar of soap.
Once the entire bar of soap is grated remove the wet toilet paper from the roll and shred it on top. Dig your hands in and mix it together.
It should be wet enough to begin to bubble up. Once finished it will look like this –
If you want to skip dying the clean mud you can play with it at this level. Personally, my kids adore adding in the color and even scents to their toddler mud so we take this one step further and add in liquid watercolors.
Now, what I have does say watercolors so I am going to assume that it is what it says it is on the package. Honestly though, the paint in this container behaves a lot more like a tempera paint…either will work and not stain hands. I would avoid using food coloring for this. My kids love scooping and separating the clean mud for this step.
And squirting a dab into each bowl.
And then taking a spoon to stir it all up until it is a nice beautiful color.
Since everything is mixed up in the tub the kids will play in simply set it out and let them go at it!
It is fun to scoop (and fling)…
squish, mash, and smoosh…
Rainbow Clean Mud makes FANTASTIC mud pies!
And the sensation of toddler mud oozing through your fingers?
Clean up is actually pretty easy as long as you have contained the mess to one area. Since this is just soap all you need to do is grab a towel and wipe it up while kids wash their hands! Now if your kids managed to get it to stick to the ceiling that might be a bit of a bugger, but the floor? Well…isn’t wiping soap around the floor technically mopping? 😉