Music Inspired Clean Mud


Music Inspired Clean Mud Dough

Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired Clean Mud dough.  As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some mud dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing senses’.  As we have mentioned in our introduction to the series, music is a great way of helping hearing and non-hearing children gain confidence in the world around them as well as providing a whole host of skills too.

read more on our introductory page here

 Music Inspired Clean Mud


Our Clean Mud Dough Recipe

Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised

or with children who like to taste/eat the dough!

1 roll of toilet paper

1 bottle of moisturising lotion

1/2 cup of water

We shredded the toilet paper into a large bowl then added the moisturising lotion.  We added the water and mixed it all together until we had a large ball of ‘mud’ to play with!

Setting the Scene for

Music Inspired Dough Play

Our daughter helped to make the  mud and was excited by the fact that you could make it from toilet paper!  She had great fun putting the ingredients together and mixing the paper until it turned into a soft pliable dough.  The mud dough was placed on the table.  A container of water and some tools such as cookie cutters, spoons and so on were to hand.  Then we used the music via our YouTube playlist and began to explore the dough.


Music Inspired Clean Mud Dough

Music and Dough Play – My Observations

We started to play straight away after making the dough.  She began squashing and moulding the dough with her fingers.  She was fascinated by how pliable and soft it was and began singing along with the music too.

She tried making a clean mud man (seems to be a theme at the moment!) and was thrilled by the different texture that the dough had when she was making him!

She shook her hands in time to the music and slapped the mud to make it wobble.  We then made a ring of the mud and added more water.  She swirled the water until it had gone all ‘muddy’ and then squashed the water into the dough to make it extra sloppy!

The jazz music made her move and mould the dough into funny shapes.  She twirled and squashed the mud in time to Ravel’s Bolero and I think this was her favourite moment of playing with the clean mud dough.


Music Chosen

The music we chose for our Music Inspired Dough were a combination of classical and big band jazz pieces:

Bolero – Maurice Ravel

Mozart – Bassoon Concerto (complete) in B-flat major KV 191, Aligi Voltan bassoon

Elisabeth Wentland – Kuhlau fantasy for flute solo op. 38 D major

Glenn Miller – In The Mood (1939)


You can visit our YouTube channel and listen to the pieces we chose for this sensory dough activity or listen to them here:

We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough and we look forward to next month when we will be writing about our Music Inspired Salt Dough.

If you are a fan of Pinterest then please pop along to the group’s Sensory Dough Board for more inspiration on how to introduce sensory play doughs to your children.  Here are this month’s co-hosts and links through to their posts:

(this is a global series so if their link is not there yet then try again soon!)

The Science Behind Clean Mud | Lemon Lime Adventures

Clean Mud Garden Sensory Bin | Study at Home Mama

How to Make Clean Mud Recipe (Taste Safe) | Powerful Mothering

Clean Mud and Flowers| Peakle Pie

Clean Mud Bubble Dough | Bare Feet on the Dashboard

Clean Mud Sensory Tray | Creative World of Varya

Lego Clean Mud | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

Gone Mudding! Clean Mud Sensory Dough Play | Stir the Wonder

Squishy, Soapy Clean Mud  | In The Playroom
Clean Mud Fine Motor Gem Dig | Still Playing School

Clean mud, clean paper? | Glittering Muffins

Stove Top Clean Mud Recipe | Sugar Aunts

Such a great wealth of ideas on how to create, experiment and play with this dough!


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