What My Kids Call CLEAN MUD!

20130403-114103.jpg I’m very fortunate to provide child care for a wonderful 2yo girl while her mommy goes to work as an occupational therapist during the week. With a mom who is an occupational therapist you can only imagine how many fun things and ideas she has of her own so when she brought us this cornstarch and (safe) dish soap mixture to play with last week we were so excited!

She suggested we add a bit of water to the dough to soften it up, but these kiddos seemed to be in the mood for more MESS so I continued to add water until it was the consistency of pancake batter. Lemon dish soap was used to make this batch so the smell was just delightful and the dough/batter was yellow. We can’t wait to make other flavors and colors.

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The kids squeezed, mixed, mushed, splashed and dribbled the mixture everywhere as they pretended it was pancake batter, cupcake batter, shaving cream, lotion, lemon juice and the one that stuck most was CLEAN MUD! Clean mud is actually a toilet paper and soap mixture (which we are making this week), but my kiddos insisted THIS was in fact clean mud! Cornstarch dries quickly when left alone for a few minutes so clean up is extremely easy!

A BIG thank you to Mrs.Ann for introducing us to this amazing sensory recipe!

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Pumpkin Gloop

When I saw Pumpkin Gloop on Pinterest by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots I knew it was a play date must!

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I froze the pumpkin insides from 4 pumpkins to use for our gloop and just defrosted it the morning of. We began by making a cornstarch and water mixture then we let the kids begin adding pumpkin insides, food coloring, more water and more cornstarch to their liking. I had many bowls, cups, measuring cups and kitchen utensils out for them to use, but the favorites were the colander and the pitcher.

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Pumpkin Gloop is an extremely fun, very messy multi-sensory activity. The hard seeds, the stringy insides, the warm water, cold pumpkin and the mushy cornstarch made for an icky, but fun experience! My girls can’t wait to do this again!

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