Easy Edible Dirt For Sensory Play

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Want a fun sensory activity to do with your kids? Make edible dirt for sensory play! You probably have all these ingredients in your panty.

I have a three year old son and he is OBSESSED with construction vehicles! He can tell you the name of every single vehicle from from log loaders to mixing trucks to excavators. 

I knew this faux dirt recipe would be perfect for him! He loves all kids of sensory activities.

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The most amazing thing about this recipe is that you probably have everything you need. And plus, it’s dirt cheap! Get it?!

A tray of edible dirt for sensory play with mini construction vehicles, rocks, and sticks.

Edible Dirt for Sensory Play Recipe


7 cups of flour (any kind will work, but I used white all-purpose flour)

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1 cup cocoa powder

1 1/4 cup oil (any kind- I used vegetable oil)

A mixing bowl and spoon with the ingredients to make edible dirt.


  1. In a large bin, add the flour.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add the oil and stir.
  4. Mix until it’s well combined.
My children playing with the sensory tray with edible dirt.

Let me know if you make this dirt! It has the best texture. This is such a fun sensory activity. My kids and I loved playing with it!


How do you make fake mud?

Mix 7 cups flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, and at least 1 1/2 cups oil together in a bowl. Add more oil or water until it gets the the consistency you’d like. See above for more details.

How do you store it?

It can be stored in any airtight container.

Is this edible dirt taste safe?

Yes it is! But don’t let your child eat a lot. It contains uncooked flour.

My children playing with the sensory tray in my kitchen.

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Final Thoughts on Edible Dirt for Sensory Play

I hope you like this edible dirt as much as I do! Let me know what you think in the comments.

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