We love this edible mud sensory play material at Mud Mates Headquarters!
It’s a fact: some kids hate playing in mud. They don’t like getting dirty, hate the feel of mud on their skin and just can’t bear the thought of putting a toy in it! Then there’s those kids who you just can’t get out of it (that’s my two!) Chances are though, neither has played with edible mud before.
Yes, it’s a real thing and today I’m going to teach you how to make edible mud. I’m also going to explain how you can encourage kids who hate mud to play in it and the sensory benefits of playing in mud too.
Making edible mud is easy. Okay, so it’s not as easy as putting the hose onto a patch of dirt, but it certainly is fun. Here’s how to make edible mud for your kids.
What you’ll need:
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- 3 cups water
- Udon noodles (or similar noodles or spaghetti)
- Black food colouring
How to make edible mud:
Mix the ingredients together until you have runny, gloopy and tasty mud! Add more water if required.
Boil udon noodles in water with a few drops of black food colouring added.
See, I told you it was going to be easy! Obviously though, this type of mud should be used as a treat (or simply remove the sugar altogether and add a little bit extra flour to get a ‘muddy’ consistency).
Pour it into a tin or foil baking tray or plastic container. I used a foil tray from the $2 shop so I could simply throw it all in the rubbish when we were done!
Adding the edible worms also increases the fun! Plus I added some farm animals and fencing but you could also use other toys such as mini construction vehicles, or baking equipment including measuring cups, spoons or funnels (which we introduced part way through).
It’s a good idea to play with it outside, or at least on the bench, in a sink or on the lino. Then simply let your kids play!
Miss 4 was tentative at first, but soon got into the swing of it! I loved listening to their conversation and imaginative stories while they played.
Helping Kids Who Hate Getting Dirty
Some kids are just born to be messy! Others shy away from dirt like a cat from water. If you have a child who doesn’t like mud, teaching them how to make edible mud is a great place to start. Using something familiar to introduce something new is very effective. Other ways you can encourage a creative mess are:
- Get involved yourself!
- Talk about how mess is easy to wash off clothes and bodies
- Role model ways of exploring with a messy activity
- Invite other children who enjoy messy play to join in and role model
- Go slowly one step at a time
Sensory play helps our kids to not only learn new skills, but also different ways of doing the same thing. Sensory play helps to widen their vocabulary, develop coping mechanisms for new experiences and feelings and learn by feeling.
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