How To Make Dry Mud For Sensory Play

How To Make Taste-Safe Mud

Cooking flour to make it taste-safe.
There is a slight chance of contracting E. coli and other bacteria from consuming raw flour. To remove this bacteria, lay out the required flour on a baking tray and cook it in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 180c/350f. Leave the flour to cool before using it in the recipe.

Once the flour has been baked the recipe it taste-safe, which makes it perfect for younger children especially those who are still taste-testing to explore. I can’t promise it will taste nice though!

Benefit Of Fake Mud For Toddlers

Fine Motor Skills are developed as they squeeze, poke and explore the dry mud with their hands. You can also add in fine motor tools and other materials to continue to develop their physical development.

Imagination as they use the resources within the tray to create a story within their play.

Speech and Language as you explore the tray together exposing their to new words as well as language they already know.

Mathematics as they explore moving the dry mud around the tray talking big and small piles as well as offering the opportunity to talk about where objects are within the mud like; on top of, under, next to etc.

Early Mark Making as they explore the different marks they can make within the dry taste-safe mud using their hands and other tools within the tray.



Use Before
1 Month


Air-tight Container

Mess Scale

6 months


Can Prep
Night Before

How To Make Dry Mud

Just Grab:

  1. ½ cup or 50g of cocoa powder
  2. 2 cups or 120g of plain flour
  3. ½ cup or 125ml of vegetable Oil


  1. Place the 2 cups of flour onto a baking tray and spread it so it is one even layer. Place the flour in a pre-heated oven at 180c/350f for 5-10 minutes before taking it out and leaving it to cool.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and cooled baked flour into a bowl and mix them.
  3. Next, stir the oil into the flour and cocoa powder.
  4. The consistency should be similar to wet sand. When you gently push it together, it should hold its shape. If it’s too dry, add a bit more oil; if it’s sticky, add a little more flour.

The mud should mould together a little like damp sand. If it’s too sticky add more flour, if it is too dry add a little more vegetable oil.

What is the best way to clear the dried mud

Cleaning The Child.

Wipe your child’s hands and any other part of them that is visibly dirty with a damp flannel. Once they are clean, encourage them to wash their hands in the sink.

Cleaning A Small Tray.

Tip the excess mud into an air-tight container, then wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning A Large Tray.

Scoop the mud into an air-tight container and wipe over the tray with an anti-bac wipe.

Cleaning The Surrounding Area.

Sweep the surrounding area to pick up the pieces that got away, then wipe over the area with an anti-bac wipe to ensure you’ve cleaned it all.

Dry Mud Set Ups.

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