Bugs In The Mud


Sensory activities 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.

What you need?

  • 3 packets of cornflour
  • 1 packet of cocoa
  • Water
  • Assorted plastic bugs
  • Large tub to mix the ‘mud’ in


1. Add cornflour and cocoa to the bowl.

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

3. Add plastic bugs. 

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

5. Have fun!

Bugs in the Mud

Extension of the activity

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’.