Clean Mud Art

I do hope you're enjoying our #easyplayidea series - we certainly are and today would have to be my favourite activity so far. If you missed seeing our first two play ideas perfect for school holidays at home you can read our first and second activities for mixed ages of children later. You can also follow along by checking out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram.


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Today's invitation was inspired by a post from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Earlier in the year I had pinned Jaime's Rainbow Clean Mud thinking it would be such great fun. 

Photo credit - Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
We'd recycled paper at preschool during the year but I hadn't done the same with my own children. I knew they'd love this. We did started by using these soap flakes (LUX flakes available from the supermarket). They are silky soft and great for hand washing dolls clothes in. They make such a lovely whimsical sound as they run through children's fingers and into your sensory tub

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!


After adding the other ingredients we I'd brought out some kitchen utensils with us to help speed things up.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Once we'd finished playing with our paper pulp outside we took it inside to experiment. We coloured it by adding a small amount of liquid watercolours, food colouring would work just as well. We like using gel colours for more vivid colours.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

We used some left over cardboard from Christmas as our canvas and after drawing a design, the kids started 'painting' with the paper pulp.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!
Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

The softness of the pulp and the muted colours made me think of Monet's water lily paintings, one of which we were all lucky enough to see in real life when it was on loan to the National Art Gallery in Canberra last year. It's always nice to talk about famous artwork in context. I grabbed one of our art books and then we used that as further inspiration for our work. 

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Some from our own art gallery!

Easy Clean Mud Art - recycle your clean mud paper pulp after sensory tub play into gorgeous art work your children will love. Great for mixed age groups of children to play and make together | you clever monkey

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

Easy play ideas - using simple resources found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along!

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Easy Clean Mud Art - recycle your clean mud paper pulp after sensory tub play into gorgeous art work your children will love. Great for mixed age groups of children to play and make together | you clever monkey