How to make Stovetop Clean Mud Sensory Play

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Have you ever made clean mud?  This sensory dough is very cool.  We’ve made the standard version before (you know the clean mud sensory dough where you cook a bar of ivory soap in the microwave?).  This month in the 12 months of sensory dough series, we thought we would try a new version of clean mud.  We made a stovetop clan mud using body wash.  This sensory dough turned out to be a very cool messy play activity and we ended up doing a little birthday party pretend play, too!
How to make clean mud with body wash! For sensory play

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How to make stovetop clean mud:

 With a broken microwave, we were out of luck making the traditional recipe for clean mud.  Or were we??? Why not try a stove top version of clean mud for a different twist on the usual clean mud recipe.  Instead of a bar of Ivory soap, we used body wash. (This scent also had a pink tint to it and the body wash made for a great cherry/vanilla scent.)

We started by filling a pot with torn toilet paper.  (We used the same pot we used for melting crayons for our crayon play dough.  If you don’t have a cheap sauce pan
for kitchen experiments, be sure to pick one up. We use ours all the time!) Usually we make a large batch of clean mud using a whole roll of toilet paper.  This time, we just made a small amount.

If there was ever a reason for two kids to be happy, it was being told by an adult to go ahead and shred toilet paper.  These two sisters were in heaven!

Next,  add one tablespoon of body wash and one tablespoon of water.  Stir everything together over heat on the stove.  Keep stirring until the clean mud reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes.  Remove from heat and continue to stir.

Dump the clean mud onto a clean surface and let cool to touch.  Knead the dough just a bit to add “fluff” to the sensory dough.  You want the clean mud to be squishy but not too soapy.  You can adjust the texture by adding more toilet paper or soap/water.

How to make clean mud on the stove top (not microwave)

This stuff was so neat to play with!  We pulled out a few measuring cups and spoons to scoop, measure, and pat out.  
Clean Mud birthday party sensory and pretend play

We decided to make our clean mud into a birthday party celebration for no reason in particular.  Singing “Happy Birthday” to every stuffed animal in the house is always a fun way to spend an afternoon.

We used pink cupcake liners
and red coffee stirrers
to create cupcakes and candles.
birthday party clean mud sensory pretend play

Birthday Party pretend play with clean mud sensory play
This was a huge hit in our house and we will certainly be making Stovetop Clean Mud again!
You can see all of the Clean Mud sensory doughs in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series here: 

The Science Behind Clean Mud | Lemon Lime Adventures

Clean Mud Garden Sensory Bin | Study at Home Mama

Music Inspired Clean Mud | Witty Hoots

Clean Mud Bubble Dough | Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Clean Mud Sensory Tray | Creative World of Varya

Lego Clean Mud | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Clean Mud  | In The Playroom

Clean Mud Fine Motor Gem Dig | Still Playing School

Clean mud, clean paper? | Glittering Muffins

Rainbow Clean Mud | The Pleasantest Thing
Soapless Clean Mud | Squiggles and Bubbles
How to make Edible Mud for Play | Wildflower Ramblings
Clean Mud Princess Garden | It’s A Long Story