Enjoy Sensory Play with Edible Dirt for Dia de los Ninos

Posted May 9, 2016 by Julie in Food, Parenting, Sponsored, TopPosts / 29 Comments

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Enjoy Sensory Play with Edible Dirt for Dia de los Ninos

Children are an absolute joy to watch play, and it is so much more fun to engage with them in a fun activity. I recently learned about the Día de los Niños holiday, and I think it is brilliant! Why not have a special day to focus on children and their fun learning experiences while making memories. Sure, we strive for that on a regular basis, but how special is it to have a holiday just for the children.

My sweet baby is definitely a toddler now, and at 18 months, he can start getting involved in our kitchen activities. He has already shown quite a bit of interest in what we do in the kitchen, though usually we have to move him to a safer place if the stove is involved. For this fun children’s day treat, I wanted to make a treat that he not only would enjoy eating but also could enjoy helping me create.

I decided we could make dirt cake together, and enjoy some sensory play at the same time! My baby is all boy, after all, and what little boy doesn’t like to dig around in the dirt? So we dropped by our local Walmart to grab our ingredients. We picked up a huge Family Size box of Cocoa Puffs cereal so we would have plenty of cereal for our play and more to eat.

Cocoa Puffs

This day was even more of a special treat because Master H got to try Cocoa Puffs for the first time! I have avoided chocolate cereals previously due to Baby H’s insistence on sharing his snacks with our dogs. But now my little man is getting more aware and, with careful supervision, can learn what treats are OK for dogs and which ones are not. We can find a learning opportunity while having fun and making memories, and that is what life with littles is all about.

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I’ve said before that I love recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and steps. This one is no exception, so a fantastic choice for our sensory fun and snack.

Dirt Cake Ingredients with Cocoa Puffs

Ingredients for Sensory Play with Edible Dirt

  1. Cocoa Puffs cereal
  2. Yoplait vanilla yogurt
  3. Instant Chocolate Pudding
  4. Milk
  5. Gummy worms

See what I mean? Five simple ingredients. The amounts will depend on how much you want to make. I ended up making a full cake, part of which was separate for our sensory play and the rest I brought to a cookout potluck. I made one batch of chocolate pudding (the box made 3 cups) and used the entire 2-lb yogurt container.

Making the edible dirt was easy as well, and Master H helped. This is where the sensory play came in, and we both had a blast making memories while preparing the snack.

Directions for Sensory Play with Edible Dirt

Step One: Make chocolate pudding per package instructions. To make the 3 cups of pudding I needed 3 cups of milk, and one entire package of the instant pudding mix. Beat with a whisk for 2 minutes.

Step Two: Mix yogurt into the pudding. Stir until even.

Step Three: Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors set. I found it best to place the mixture in the serving dish.

Step Four: Crush up your Cocoa Puffs cereal. We did this by pouring cereal in a gallon-size zipper bag and smashing it with a serving spoon. Master H got to play while helping me crush the contents of the bag! He did quite well getting us started with some crushed up cereal, and I smashed up the rest.

Crushing up Cocoa Puffs cereal

Step Five: Sprinkle crushed up Cocoa Puffs to make a layer of dirt, then arrange some gummy worms.

See? Five steps! You can even do all the other steps and refrigerate the entire dish once prepared. I did that with the main dirt cake I made for the potluck.

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Sensory Play with Edible Dirt cup

Now that our snack was ready, it was time for the sensory play with edible dirt activity. I got Master H in his diaper and a bib because I expected him to have some messy fun times. I figured he would enjoy digging in the edible dirt to find the worms, then getting to eat the worms and the dirt. I wasn’t wrong! He certainly had some fun. Check out that pincer grip!

Sensory Play with Edible Dirt with toddler

Master H immediately went for those worms like he had done this activity before (this was our first dirt sensory play activity).

Sensory Play in Edible Dirt

Look at those sweet little fingers getting those worms! Master H enjoyed digging in the dirt, and I enjoyed telling him about the dirt and the worms and just watching him play.

Sensory Play in Edible Dirt

As for the dirt cake that I made for the potluck? It came out quite lovely if I do say so myself.

Dirt Cake

What fun memories can you cook up with your favorite Big G cereals?

Check out the Día de los Niños Pinterest Board and visit QueRicaVida.com for more inspiration and recipes you can make for your kids around this fun holiday.


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29 responses to “Enjoy Sensory Play with Edible Dirt for Dia de los Ninos

  1. What a great idea! I don’t really do messy play much with my boys but I know they would absolutely love this.

    Thank for sharing! #KCACOLS

  2. Oh I love this!! I think my daughter will love this for sure. Messy play is always welcome by my girls lol. It it is very interesting to see how easy was to do this. I will try this idea at home. I think I have heard before about El Dia de los Ninos. Do you speak spanish? Just wondering. Thanks so much for sharing this fun and messy play at #KCACOLS. I hope you join us again on Sunday, 🙂 x

    • Hi Franca 🙂 No I don’t speak Spanish, though I studied it as a foreign language in high school but I don’t remember learning about this day.

  3. Ooh that looks like great messy fun! I think my daughter would like it, but by son would’ve hated it as a toddler, he was really funny about getting stuff on his hands! x #KCACOLS

    • Haha! Mine is kind of the same way. Don’t try to get him to eat squishy foods. Unless it’s ice cream or chocolate, then he digs in.

    • Thanks! I think he’s enjoying me being a blogger and coming up with fun things for him to try. Though he isn’t patient for long, it is enough to snap a few quick photos and move on to the next thing.

  4. What a NEAT idea for a holiday, I’ve never heard of Dia de los Ninos before either. I figure if we have a mother’s and father’s day, we should have a day to celebrate our children as well! Edible sensory play is my absolute favorite because my 13 month old puts EVERYTHING in his mouth. Haha! Thanks for sharing <3 #KCACOLS

    • Yea, everything goes into their mouth. I’m wondering at what age that stops, cause my 18-month-old isn’t allowed to play with anything unless it is safe to eat haha.

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