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DIY Home Sensory Activity: Bugs in the Mud

Updated: Aug 3, 2021


Prep time: 2 minutes

Difficulty: Medium

Estimated Cost: 40 AED

Mess level: Messy

Age: 2 plus

What you need:

  • 3 packets of cornflour

  • 1 packet of cocoa

  • Water

  • Assorted plastic bugs

  • Large tub


  • Add cornflour and cocoa to the bowl.

  • Slowly add water, mixing as you go until you get a slightly runny mixture.

  • Add plastic bugs.

  • Encourage the children to put their hands into the tub and feel around for the bugs.

  • Have fun!


Great for small world play - add additional items like trucks or swap bugs with animals etc to replicate farm or dinosaurs.


Sensory activities like this are so great for children of all ages! They allow children to learn and create in a safe, stimulating play environment. Children learn so much by playing with their surroundings.

Ways to adapt:

  • We love getting kids into the kitchen. They learn so much by ‘helping’ prepare food. It’s the perfect opportunity for your kids to explore measuring and pouring with you – and gain early mathematical skills at the same time!

  • None of the measurements need to be exact – you just need a big container for the mixing, so kids have a less likely chance of spilling the contents everywhere.

  • Foil bowls are a clever idea because you can throw them out at the end of the activity. Easy clean-up is always a bonus. Time to get the kids mixing up the ‘mud’.

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