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.
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.
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