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How to Make Play Mud

Have you tried any of the hundreds of sensory activities on Pinterest? We are just starting to get into these activities as I need some new ideas to keep my toddler engaged and busy. With winter or rainy summer days it’s great to have some easy sensory activities to pull out for your kids. Want to know how to make play mud? This is really easy to make and kids love it!

How to make play mud - a sensory activity

How to Make Play Mud:

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water

I found equal parts water and flour gave a nice consistency. But if you find it’s too runny or too thick just add more water or flour as necessary. The cocoa powder gives it that brown and muddy look! My toddler doesn’t really like to get messy…BUT he did love playing with this play mud! And he was having fun making the animals get dirty. We used a variety of Schleich forest animals for this. But even muddy trucks would be fun too!

How to make play mud

To make this activity a bit more educational you can talk to your toddler about the different tracks animals make.

You can have them stamp the animals on some cardstock. They won’t exactly turn out like perfect tracks (you can try just a little bit of ‘mud’ but we just did it the messy way for fun).

Playing with sensory mud

We used the play mud two times in the same day. So you can keep it for the day and just put some saran wrap over it. This activity took a total of maybe 5-10 minutes of prep time but gave me over 1 hour of fun so I highly recommend you try it!

Playing with mud

Want more sensory play fun? Try these 5 sensory bags made with food!

5 baby sensory bags with food

You also need to try playing with snow inside! Here are our tips for doing this!


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