Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

This is hands down the children’s favourite play dough recipe. It’s the first one they go to open and the only one they comment on the scent of every time. It smells so good that even I can’t resist the temptation of smelling it each and every time it is out.

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It is such a simple recipe to make. For the first time I tried making non cooked play dough and it worked out great.


2 cups plain flour

4 tbs cocoa

1 cup salt

3 tbs Cream of Tartar

2 tbs oil

2 cups of boiling water


Mix the dry ingredients together

Form a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the boiling water and oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until a ball if formed. Take the ball out of the bowl and knead it until it is soft, smooth and not sticky. Sprinkle more flour on as needed if it is too sticky.

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If you prefer to cook your play dough or would like some extra hints and tips about how to make smooth play dough you can read my hints and tips here.

Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 3 - Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

3.2 - Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4.4 - Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

This Activity is for:

  • Toddler and Preschoolers

  • Children showing an interest in mixing and cooking

  • Children who need to work on fine motor skills and hand strengthening activities

Encourage children to:

  • Use their senses to describe what they can see, feel and smell when using the play dough

  • Use play dough tools to strengthen their fine motor skills

  • Roll the play dough into balls and sausages with their hands

  • Help to make the play dough by looking at the recipe and following instructions (with help and supervision)

Extend on this by:

  • Role-play set ups such as birthday parties or a bakery

Simplify this by:

  • Having just the play dough on the table or with a few simple tools

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