Messy Recipes

The best part about our Messy Play recipes is that most of them can be made with items in your pantry or fridge, meaning they are not only cheap but are also not going to harm your little ones if they digest. Our Sensory Sand however, is one to keep away from your little ones mouth!

Before getting "messy" please note: 

** Do not place food colouring directly onto your play mat. Recipes should be prepared by following the steps provided, before placing them on the mat.

**Remember to immediately wipe down your play mat with fresh clean water and mild detergent after ‘Messy Play’ in order to prevent the surface from deterioration and stains.

** Be careful with dark food colourings, only use 1-2 drops, excess colour may stain your play mat.


  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-2 drops food colouring  (DO NOT use Edicol dye or similar)
  • Large tub for playing


Combine food colouring with water then add corn starch and combine. It is difficult to combine, this is normal. Once the corn starch is no longer powdery or clumped at the bottom it is time to play. We recommend placing gloop in a large tub and then having your children kneel around the tub on the play mat.

What happens if you punch the Gloop? Go ahead try it!


  • 2 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 drops Food colouring (DO NOT use Edicol dye or similar)
Use an Electric mixer on high for 2-3 minutes to beat the three ingredients unitl it forms stiff peaks. Scoop it out onto your play mat and repeat with alternative colours. 
Let your kids get messy!


  • Greek yoghurt
  • 1-2 drops Food colouring (DO NOT use Edicol dye or similar)
  • Small bowls or ice cube trays


Combine 2 tbs of Greek Yoghurt with 1 drop of food colouring. Place in a small bowl or ice cube tray. Repeat with a variety of colours. This Finger paint is safe to use directly on the mat!

We dare you not to join in!


  • 5 cups of clean play sand (can be found at Bunnings)
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil


Combine the sand and flour in a bowl. While stirring gradually pour in the oil until the sand mix turns into a crumbly consistency. The mix should be damp but not wet.

Let your Kids Go Crazy!


There are many Play dough recipes... but every good teacher and education assistant knows, the best playdough is the cooked! Yes, it’s a little bit more work but when we are talking long gevity and textural you need to cook it to get that ‘Oh Yeh’ feeling! But of course any play dough is fine. Below is our recommended recipe, enjoy.


  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 4 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 Cups plain flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food colouring  (DO NOT use Edicol dye or similar)
  • 2 cups water


Add food colouring to water and stir. Then add remaining ingredients together with the coloured water into the saucepan. Stir over LOW heat until the mixture starts to congeal. Usually 3-4 minutes. Do not over cook. Remove from pan and knead on a cool surface. It is normal for the mixture to be slightly sticky, it will congeal further as it cools.

Let the play dough completely cool before placing it on the play mat.  

Let the kids make a mess… that’s what its all about. No need to dread play dough anymore!


  • Par cooked spaghetti (slightly firm but not hard)
  • Food colouring  (DO NOT use Edicol dye or similar)
  • Gloves or snap lock bags


After partially cooking your spaghetti, rinse under cool water to remove starch. Do not miss this step, otherwise your spaghetti will be too sticky. Divide spaghetti up into separate bowls, amount dependent on your desired colours. Use your gloves, so your hands do not get stained, and work a few drops of food colouring through all pieces of spaghetti. Alternatively place spaghetti in snap lock bags. We have found we get better coverage using gloves and bowls. If your spaghetti is overcooked it will begin to go ‘smooshy’ during this step and is not ideal. Allow the spaghetti to air dry, tipping it onto a tray, until the colouring has been completely absorbed. This step is important as it will prevent the food colouring from transferring onto your play mat and children's hands.

Watch your children's imagination run wild!