With Halloween around the corner, I decided we needed something besides Pumpkins to spook up our science class. So we finally made Ghost Mud, except ours turned out to be more like Monster Mud! Either way, it was goopy fun with the most surprising of materials
Here’s what you need to get started:
- Bar of white soap (we used Ivory soap since we used it in our Soap Souffle experiment)
- Roll of toilet paper (yup, you read that right!)
- Bin or tray to play with
- Googly-eyes (optional but super fun!)
- Old Cheese grater
First, grate the bar of soap. I did this for the little tots in my class because I did not want any little fingers getting sliced!)
While the adult grates the soap, your little one can shred the toilet paper. This is a great fine motor activity. (Just don’t blame me if they start shredding the toilet paper in your bathroom!) We used about 1/2 roll.
Add some water to the soap and mix with your hands. For a bar of soap, I used about 3/4 cup of water.
Now comes the fun part! Add the soapy mixture to the shredded toilet paper. Mix it up! I promise it will turn into a fun mold-able “mud”. Adjust the consistency by adding more paper or water.
Some tots liked smooshing and squishing it. Others wouldn’t go near it! For the littlest ones, this sort of sensory messy play is vital, BUT, it takes a lot of exposure for some tots to get used to it. Don’t worry. Just keep exposing them without forcing them. They will come around when they see how fun it is!
We also added lots of monster eyes to make them look like ghosts but I think they turned out more “monster-like” so I’m calling it Monster Mud.
Such an easy activity to set up with some surprising materials! And because you’re playing with soap, you just have to rinse with water at the end! Easy clean up!
To see my other Halloween science experiments and activities, click on any of the following links:
- Observing Pumpkins with the 5 Senses
- Halloween Ice Monsters & Spooky Hands
- Pumpkin Volcano
- Pumpkin Marshmallow Engineering
A great way to do TWO science experiments in one, is to try my Soap Souffle experiment first and then use the same soap to make Monster Mud! It will save you the step of grating the soap and you get learn even more science! Win-Win!!
Science behind the Activity:
While not a science experiment in the strictest sense, mixing substances together to get a new substance is definitely a great “cause-and-effect” science activity. There is great fine motor skill development with shredding toilet paper. And of course, this activity encourages sensory and messy play, which is an important part of exploration and investigation at this young age.
Here’s where I got my spooky, muddy idea from: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/09/ghost-mud-play-recipe.html