How to make sensory dirt {with stuff you probably already have}

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I am always looking for new sensory material for the kids to play with.  We have played in all sort of things and hope to continue to find new textures to explore in the future.
I had an idea for a sensory play activity and needed a sensory dirt.  I was going to use pudding and then said to myself no, then I was going to use plain leftover coffee grounds and then said to myself no.  After talking with a blogging Buddie  she shared Growing a Jeweled Rose’s recipe for sensory dirt I started thinking of how I could make one but still use my coffee grounds.  
How to make sensory dirt

Here is what I came up with.
*1 [16 oz] box of baking soda
*1/4 cup cocoa powder( you can use more or less- I used it to help change the color of the baking soda)
*2 keurig k-cups(these are little cups filled with coffee grounds from our coffee machine) of leftover coffee grounds (about a half cup).  They were still moist so I didn’t add any water. If you use dry coffee I would start by adding 1 TBS of water and go from there.
*put all of it in a bowl and mix.
*Now you have sensory dirt.
Depending on how much dirt you want to make you can add more coffee, baking soda, and coco powder.  I just started with my one box of baking soda and added the rest to it.  What I added above gave me enough dirt to use in our play that day.  If you do not have coffee I would just add more cocoa to the mix.
My kids loved the consistency of it and the smell was lovely. When they were playing the room smelled like we had a mocha candle burning.  I can see us playing in this new sensory dirt often.
How to make sensory dirt
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How we played with our sensory dirt
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