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Clean Mush... Borax?

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  • MARYANN KOHL
    Does anyone know if this recipe can be made to work WITHOUT Borax? ~ MaryAnn Clean Mush Most children have experimented with unrolling at least one roll of
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      Does anyone know if this recipe can be made to work WITHOUT Borax?
      ~ MaryAnn




      Clean 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.

       
      Materials
      old cheese grater
      bar of Ivory soap
      3 full rolls of toilet paper
      warm water
      plastic container with lid, about the size of a storage container
      measuring spoons and cups, mashers, and scoops, optional
       
      Prepare (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 13 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.
       
      Variations
      l 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.

        
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