Have I ever mentioned that I really don't like big messes?
Perhaps, then, you may wonder why I wanted to try something like this?
It all started innocently enough.
See, I've done this "Clean Mud" thing before; and while I knew clean up would be something of a challenge, I really didn't think it would exceed my natural limits. I guess I should have stopped when the boys were done smooshing the foamy goo after about 15 minutes in the kitchen.
But, oh, no, says I; there's still a lot of fun to be had in that little bin, says I. And I put the bin out on the deck for some free-spirited ... fun.
We made this stuff at 9:00 am. At 3:00, I was still cleaning it up. (Notice the empty bin? Wonder where all that goo went? Don't ask.)
What was I thinking? What. was. I. thinking???
For the uninitiated, "Clean Mud" is a really cool concoction (and if I ever say I want to make it again, please book me a padded room), using a roll of toilet paper ripped into a bin or large bowl, a grated bar of bath soap and about 4-6 cups of warm water. You smoosh everything together, and the more you play with it, the smoother and foamier it becomes -- sort of like a lightly-textured shaving cream. (With less water, it can be molded, too). It's actually very soothing to play with, even somewhat mesmerizing; and in the past, it has held the children's (and my!) attention for long periods of time.
Your results may vary, of course, depending on the temperments of your children. I'm thinking calm, sweet, obedient ones who eschew getting messy other than to spread ever so gingerly with the palms of their hands or fingertips will give their mothers the best results.
Or, you may have kids like these.
By the way, if you do choose to tempt fate and make this fun concoction, please be aware that tossing "clean mud" encrusted clothing into the washing machine is not advised. It's a lot like washing a load of clothing with a box of tissues.
You should also know that clumps of it will dry on the walls (and ceiling, and door handles, and inside bookbags, and all over the deck), with a texture not unlike papier mache. And glue.
Sure, it can be lots and lots of fun! And it's completely biodegradable.
But don't say you haven't been warned ...
This post sponsored by the makers of Happy Fun Ball.