Rainbow Clean Mud

It is the final week of Spring Activities for Kids brought to you by Learn Play Imagine and Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails(FSPDT).  This week is Sensory Play!!  If you follow either of our blogs then you know we love SENSORY activities.  Today’s post is my favorite activity of ours this month.  We have had a lot of fun with each of them but this one …

Rainbow Clean Mud was the perfect way to end our Rainbow inspired fun over here.  We have created bath paints, fingerprint birds, fingerprint flowers, rainbow salts with writing tray, and our Rainbow Spring Sensory Paints.  Yeah, we went a little crazy for rainbows this year.  They are great for color  recognition and just fun.  This was the ultimate rainbow inspired activity for us.

Rainbow Clean Mud


Rainbow Clean Mud

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What we used:

*rainbow bowls from IKEA –Ikea Kalas 301.929.60 BPA-Free Bowl, Assorted Colors, 6-Pack

*plastic bin –Rubbermaid 3Q2900CLMCB Storage Tote with Blueberry Frost Latch, 41 Quart, Clear

*plastic table cloth

*more bowls

* measuring cups

Simple yet oh so fun set up.  I used our under the bed storage bin. These are a little expensive to me but worth it.  We have had this bin for 2 year and it has seen a ton of play activities.  I placed all the bowls of Rainbow Clean Mud inside the bin.  Then I placed more smaller bowls and measuring cups inside.
Sometimes if I give the kids too many extras to play with they do not know what to do with them all.  Simple is better over here.  You could add all sorts of fun extras to this bin for playtime.

Now, which bowl to get into first.  They soon grabbed their favorite colors and then decided who got the other ones.  I reminded them they could just share them all instead of claiming colors.

This fun and easy to make sensory material has a wonderful clean scent. Just fitting for its name.  And not as messy as real mud.

Once the dumping and scooping started they were off.  Tons of imagination gears working in their little heads. Deciding what to make with their clean mud.

Problem solving how they would get the mud out of the bowls and into another one.

They came up with cupcakes to start.  After making a few cupcakes, my oldest figured out by poking holes in the clean mud he could create a face.  Pictured below.

Cupcake anyone?  Just joking. Please note this clean mud is NOT safe to eat.  

We made a rainbow.  

I had placed a plastic table cloth down to help contain the mess and it worked out great.  Once playtime was over I just wrapped up the table cloth and trashed it.

There is just something so fun about the bright rainbow colors.  What a great way to explore sight and go over colors.

As most of our play activities, this is open ended play.  The kids are given something and allowed to take over.
On to the How To Make Rainbow Clean Mud!

Supplies to make Rainbow Clean Mud Sensory Dough:

*toilet paper – Charmin Ultra Soft Cushiony Touch Toilet Paper, 18 Family Mega Rolls = 90 Regular Rolls (Packaging May Vary)

*ivory soap – Ivory Ivory Original Bar Soap, 9.3 oz (Pack of 2)

*cheese shredder (we use just for soap)  –Cuisinart CTG-00-BG Boxed Grater, Black, One Size

*crayola finger paints  –Crayola Washable Finger Paints, 8-Count ( 3 Ounce no-drip Tubes ), Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple, Lime Green and Teal


How to make Rainbow Clean mud:

We followed our Pumpkin Spice Clean Mud Recipe and just altered it to fit this play theme.  

Instead of food coloring I used finger paint. This kept it from the potential for staining the kids.  Note we did not have any problems with it in the pumpkin mud either, I just wanted to try the washable paints.  They worked well.  We also left the borax out in the recipe and it worked just fine without it.  We did only play with this one day and then trashed.  It probably would have been ok for a day or two.  

We took small scoops of the clean mud and mixed in the finger paint to give each scoop its color.  This was a lot of fun in itself.  Once we had all the colors made it was playtime. 
Now be sure to head over to see what fun Allison and her kids got into this week!! 
~ Rainbow Ice by Learn Play Imagine

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