Usually it seems this gloopy mess is called 'fairy mud', but for the sake of 3 cool & fairy doubtful boys, 'magical mud' is what it was.
1 bar of soap per child
1 large container per child
1 loo roll per child
1 bottle/cup of water per child.
A large space, patience, and no fear of mess.
First - give the children a loo roll each and ask them to get the paper off the roll. (expect mild hysteria - nothing is as funny as throwing loo roll round a garden!)
Then each child needs to grate the soap into a large bowl. We used Imperial Leather soap - I am sure any will do! Soap grates quite easily so the children could do most of it themselves.
When the soap is grated it is time to pour in the water and start making one very smelly, gooey mess.
We coloured the water first.
and then slowly poured it into the soap, giving the slop a mixture between each addition of water. It was by now, quite repulsive.
When the soap is pretty much dissolved (I added some very hot water to help it), they then poured in the glittery stars.
And then, finally, the fun bit. Having ripped the loo roll into small pieces it was time to start adding it to the gunk. The aim is to have a mixture that can be modelled and squished, pummelled & poked.
It took a lot of loo roll, and a lot of stirring.
The boys verdicts?
Pickle asked me several times - 'Aunty, what is the point of this?' Good question, there isn't one.
Pop's eyes were rolling as he was in pure, soapy heaven.
Ted - loved making it, but hasn't played with it.
It was a great way to spend an hour, the boys had a great time, any neighbours that were watching will think I am mad (er than they thought anyway), and even the rabbit joined in.