Freebies, Therapy Ideas

Fake Edible Dirt and BUGS

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Ever plan something for therapy that is A HIT with your entire caseload? It happened guys. I made fake, edible, wonderful dirt. Read on because this is a great one.

First, I read like 10 different recipes for various brown, sensory materials. I went to the store and started mixing! Below is what I did:

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In case you missed that… the recipe I used is:

1 cup of baking cocoa powder
1 cup vegetable oil
5-7 cups of flour

You might want to add it more flour! It is kind of sticky this way but I love it! The more flour  you add, the less sticky it becomes but it also gets lighter in color.

Fold this sheet in half, laminate, and send home with parents OR keep in your bin for easy access!

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I also made these adorable little preposition books to practice describing where the bug is! Then we put the bug in the same spot in our box.

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I paired this activity with the book In the Tall, Tall Grass and the classic grass craft to go along with it.

Below are the awesome bugs I purchased for this:

Yes I did get all of those. I’m obsessed.

Download this little packet for free here.

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2 Comment

  1. Reply
    Gary
    May 25, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    This is awesome! What an amazing tactile learning activity. I think I remember seeing dirt made with some sort of whipped cream or frosting too. It’d make it even more sticky but it has a consistency of mud or a bog.

  2. Reply
    Andrea
    May 31, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Thank you for sharing this activity and the resource to accompany it! I will have to try this next year. I got a whole bunch of insects this year from Walmart’s party supply section (I suppose they go in goody bags??) that look very similar to yours. I did want to let you know that the last picture in the “Where is the bug?” book shows the bug next to the rock rather than on it. Thanks again!

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