Clean Mush... Borax?
- Does anyone know if this recipe can be made to work WITHOUT Borax?~ MaryAnnClean Mush
Most children have experimented with unrolling at least one roll of toilet paper into a big, soft pile of white ribbon! Finally, a project that not only allows for unrolling it, but for mixing and mooshing it into the most wonderful stuff! “Clean Mush” is a perfect name for this mixture.Materialsold cheese graterbar of Ivory soap3 full rolls of toilet paperwarm waterplastic container with lid, about the size of a storage containermeasuring spoons and cups, mashers, and scoops, optionalPrepare (Adult)l Grate a bar of Ivory soap using an old cheese grater.l Put the rest of the materials on the worktable.Process (Child)l Unroll the toilet paper (with adult help). Put the toilet paper, grated soap, and 1⁄3 cup (80 mL) Borax[s2] into a large plastic container. Add enough warm water to saturate the mixture. Double or triple the recipe for even more fun!l Mix it using bare hands.l Squish, poke, pat, squeeze, and otherwise feel the wonderful clean mush. This is what sensory experiences are all about!
Hint: This mixture will not harden into any shapes or lasting sculptures unless the water is squished out.l If desired, add a few tools for exploring, such as measuring cups, spoons, mashers, and scoops.l When finished, cleaning up is very easy. Just snap on the lid, or cover the container with plastic wrap, making an airtight seal.Variationsl Place the rolls of toilet tissue on short dowels or sticks so the children can spin them to unroll the paper into a big, soft, fluffy pile on the floor.l Make the mush in a sand and water table.l Squish out the excess water, and use the mixture to mold sculptures somewhat like clay. Place each one on a piece of aluminum foil, and let them dry overnight.