Valentines Day Chocolate Playdough Fun…

15 Feb

I saw this recipe on The Imagination Tree. If you’re looking for some great activities to do at home with your kids, be sure to check out this blog. There are some fantastic ideas that look like so much fun!

I thought chocolate playdough sounded like something fun to make for Valentines Day, although the play turned into a birthday party – all good :-).

I talked in my last post about sensory play being great for brain development. If you’re looking for a different kind of sensory recipe, this is the one for you. It was really quite bizarre when Thomas and I were making it. It smelt delicious and looked like chocolate cake… but it wasn’t. Maybe a bit disappointing because there was no spoon to lick 🙂 but fun none the less.

The recipe is no cook (although involves boiling water) and is a really lovely texture. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with this one in the days to come. Thomas wasn’t really in a playdough mood this morning but his friend H. had a great time making cakes and they both enjoyed singing ‘happy birthday’ to each other.
Playdough is a fantastic activity, there are so many learning outcomes that can be achieved through playing with playdough and most children love the experience. Apart from the sensory aspects of playdough, children are using their fine motor skills, developing their language and literacy skills by taking part in and initiating conversations, basic maths skills (counting, size), colour recognition – there are many more depending on what other aspects your playdough play incorporates too.

Chocolate Playdough Recipe:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsps cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 4 drops of glycerine (optional extra for increased shine and stretch)

Method:

  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Stir in the vegetable oil
  3. Mix together
  4. Stir in the boiling water (adult only) and mix until combined
  5. When it has cooled a little, knead it on a clean surface until it loses all stickiness and becomes smooth and stretchy. No residue should come off on your fingers. If it is still sticky add a little more flour, if too dry and crumbly add more water, a tablespoon at a time.

I’m a bit slow in getting this post up, but since I made the playdough we have been having lots of fun making all different sorts of birthday cakes. We have been exploring numbers making number cakes and making chocolate biscuit cakes and letter cakes, making little cakes and big cakes, tall cakes and small cakes… Lots of fun that is only limited by your imagination! 🙂

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