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Edible mud recipe

Children and mud seem to go hand-in-hand.

For those days when you can’t get outside but still want the full, mucky, sensory play experience, why not make some edible mud.

Unlike some malleable materials, like slime and cloud dough, this one is safe to eat.

The allure of getting dirty and exploring this ooey, gooey substance is just too tempting for little ones. But what if we told you that you could create ‘mud’ that is not only safe to play with but also edible? Here’s how to make your own mud at home.

What is Edible Mud?

Edible mud is a homemade play material that mimics the texture and consistency of real mud but is made from edible ingredients. This means it’s safe for little ones who might be tempted to put their play materials in their mouths.

Making your edible mud

Creating mud is remarkably simple and requires only a few ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

A common mistake that appears in many recipes for edible mud is using regular flour. While there is a good chance that consuming a small amount of such mixture may not lead to indigestion, stomach pain, or poisoning, it is better not to take the risk, especially with the still-developing digestive systems of young children.

In the recipe below, you will find alternatives to regular flour. These include, for example, ground oats (but not oat flour) because they are pre-cooked. You can blend or grind the oats, for instance, in a coffee grinder. As for flours, you can confidently use almond flour, coconut flour, or cornstarch.

You will need:

  • 125 grams of ground oats / cornstarch / almond flour / coconut flour
  • 120 grams of cocoa powder
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • Water (amount will vary)


  1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add water and begin mixing.
  3. Continue adding water until you achieve a muddy consistency. You want it to be thick and goopy, similar to real mud.

And voila! You have your homemade, completely edible mud.

Playing with Edible Mud

Builder's tray and sand

Similar to kinetic sand, edible mud is great for sensory exploration and can be used in a variety of ways. Your little ones can ‘plant’ toy trees in it, make mud pies, or simply enjoy the squishy sensation of the mud between their fingers.

If you want to create an invitation to play for your child, set up a station with edible mud and intentionally selected auxiliary materials. Examples:

  • mud + cars, excavators + car wash – bowl of water, cloths
  • mud + kitchen utensils – muffin tins, plates, children’s knives, forks
  • mud + animal figurines
  • mud + brushes and paper/cardboard

Set up the play station and leave your child to explore and see how they begin to engage!

Safety and Clean-up

While the ingredients are edible and non-toxic, it’s still a good idea to supervise your children during play to prevent them from eating too much of the mud.

Clean up is relatively simple. The mud can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for a few days of play. Once you’re done with it, the mud can be safely disposed of in your compost or regular waste bin.

Final Word

This activity offers a fun, engaging alternative to outdoor muddy play. It’s a great sensory activity that promotes exploration and tactile development.

Enjoy your muddy adventures indoors!