How to Make Play Mud (with printable instructions)

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Play mud is an amazing addition to sensory play for toddlers. Best of all, it’s fun, messy, taste safe and easy to clean up! 

Our toddlers love incorporating play mud into construction, dinosaur and farm themed sensory bins and tables. 

Having had hours of fun with our play mud we wanted to share our recipe for how to make play mud that is taste safe and fun!

How to Make Play Mud
Having fun with construction themed sensory play


How to make Play Mud

Play mud is incredibly easy to make. It only requires 3 ingredients and is ready in minutes!

How to Make Play Mud
Play mud ingredients

Grab a mixing bowland pour in:

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2 1/2 cups of flour


Add 2 tablespoons of coca powder


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Add 2 cups of water

Whisk them all together and you have your play mud ready to go!

How to make play mud tip: we find using 2 1/2 parts flour to 2 parts water gives a nice, slightly thick play mud. If you prefer a runnier mud you can use 2 cups of flour as a starting point and add more flour as necessary. 

How to Make Play Mud
Add more flour or water to get your preferred consistency

The great thing about play mud is that the recipe is Flexible. You can adjust the consistency to as thick or runny as you like by changing up the amount of flour and water you use in the mix: 

  • To increase the thickness of the mud: add more flour
  • To make the mud more runny: add more water
  • To change the color of the mud: add more cocoa powder
Halloween Sensory Bins
I used a much thicker play mud in this pumpkin patch Halloween sensory bin!

How to make play mud tip: we usually include a wash station sensory bin when using play mud. We like to start with a slightly thicker mud as it tends to thin out when water is transferred into the mud sensory bin during play.

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Play mud and car wash sensory play!

Sensory Play Ideas using Play Mud

Messy sensory play is fantastic for encouraging kids to explore, engage and create.  Play mud lends itself perfectly to construction and farm themed sensory play.

We use the IKEA Flisat table in all our sensory play and it’s fantastic. The Flisat is available in Ikea stores although, at the moment, it can be difficult to find stock. While it is a little more expensive, you can find the Flisat for sale on Amazon. It’s a great option if you can’t make it to a store or it’s out of stock – check prices now!


How to make play mud tip: adding a sensory bin filled with water adds a fun new dimension to mud sensory play. We use it as a wash station for rinsing off the muddy animals and construction vehicles. The water gets dumped and refilled so many times during a play session and brings so many giggles!

How to Make Play Mud
Rinsing off the construction vehicles

Dinosaur Theme Sensory Bin

Play mud is a great addition to dinosaur sensory bins

Dinosaur Sensory Bins
Having fun with the dinosaurs!


Farm Theme Sensory Table with Play Mud

Farm animals, tractors and play mud are a huge hit with our toddlers! 

How to Make Play Mud
Our farm themed sensory bin   


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Our farm themed Flisat sensory table

Construction themed Sensory Table with Play Mud

Construction vehicles also work really well with play mud and pushing the vehicles through the mud adds a really fun element to the sensory play. 

How to make play mud tip: we love adding extra sensory play accessories from our garden. Pebbles, grass and flowers make frequent appearances in our sensory play!

How to Make Play Mud
Our construction themed sensory bin


How to Make Play Mud
Our construction themed Flisat sensory table


Tips for Sensory Play with Play Mud

  • Move it to the garden: we often move our sensory play set up to the garden when the weather allows. As well as reducing mess and clean up, it also allows the kids to incorporate materials from the garden into their sensory bins. 
  • Wear old clothes: sensory play can get messy so we keep some over sized t-shirts for the kids to wear and store them alongside our sensory play materials.
  • Set up a sensory play area: if our sensory play is likely to get messy we usually set our Flisat up on a mat or bed sheet. This makes it easy to collect everything that’s spilled over. If you are playing with water then a waterproof mat or shower curtain liner are great for catching overflow.
  • Prepare the mud just before play: play mud will harden if you leave uncovered for a longer period like overnight. Since it only takes a few minutes to prepare, we like to mix our mud just before we start our sensory play. 
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Moving our sensory play to the garden!
How to Make Play Mud

Play Mud Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Play Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Clean Up Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This play mud recipe makes a taste safe mud which is fantastic for sensory play. It is perfect for use in sensory bins and for sensory table activities. Our toddlers love using the play mud for farm and construction themed sensory play with their Flisat table!


  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of water


  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Whisk


  1. Add 2 1/2 cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 2 cups of water into a mixing bowl
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  2. Mix it all together using a whisk.
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If you find the mud too thick then add more water or if it is too runny add more flour. Use some extra cocoa powder to get the color as you like it.

How to Make Play Mud

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