In our household we LOVE messy play and the best part about this activity is it is completely safe for little mouths. This edible mud idea is not only easy to set up at home but is perfect for educational settings too.
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We’ve used our edible mud to create Old McDonald’s farm and a building site, but ideas for this are endless! As it’s mold-able, it’s so versatile!
We recommend using a tuff tray for the edible mud. If you don’t have one then split a rubbish bag and lay it on the floor (adult supervision at all times!). This makes it super easy to tidy up afterwards.
Making Edible Mud
To make the edible mud you’ll need:
- flour (bake it for 5 minutes at 175°C to kill any germs)
- cocoa powder
- edible oil (sunflower, vegetable, olive oil – they all work).
Getting the proportions right is really simple. Just remember the 7:1 ratio. 7 portions of dry to 1 portion of wet. In other words, 7 portions of flour/cocoa to 1 portion of oil. This means you can vary the amount you need simply by changing the container. There’s no need to spend time measuring out. It’s also really forgiving so you can add more flour or oil if the mixture is too wet or dry.
For our mud, we used 1 cup of cocoa powder, 6 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of vegetable oil.
To make it, place the cocoa powder and flour together in a bowl. Then added the oil in little by little mixing it as I went. The end result should be a silky mixture which can be molded. Couldn’t be simpler right?!
You can also replace the cup of cocoa powder for another cup of flour to make edible sand!