Chocolate playdough is one of our favourite playdough options for the winter months. Not only does it smell gorgeous, but it really evokes the rich scents of Christmas-time hot chocolate.
As you probably know by now, I’m a huge believer in following the seasons. Seasonal play helps children to connect to the world around them and understand the passing of time in a hands-on way. We create activities such as hot chocolate playdough as part of our seasonal rhythm.
How to Make Hot Chocolate Playdough
This is a no-cook hot chocolate playdough recipe, meaning it’s also a great one to get young children involved with. Playdough can be a great introduction to baking and cooking because there isn’t the pressure to get the recipe ‘perfect’.
Read on to the bottom of this post to find our playdough care tips.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or hot chocolate powder
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of cream tartar
- 1-2 cups warm water – added gradually
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mixing bowls
- Whisk or spoon for mixing
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Airtight containers for storage – or an IKEA Glis box for play invitations
- Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar and unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix these dry ingredients thoroughly.
- Add Wet Ingredients: Pour in the vegetable oil, warm water, and vanilla extract. Stir until the mixture starts to come together.
- Knead the Dough: Once the ingredients are well-mixed, transfer the mixture to a clean, flat surface. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth and pliable. You may need to add a bit more flour if it’s too sticky or a little more water if it’s too dry.
- Optional Add-Ins: If you want to add miniature chocolate chips, glitter, or food coloring to your chocolate playdough, this is the time to do it. Knead these additives into the dough until they’re evenly distributed.
- Store for Later Play: Once your no-cook chocolate playdough is ready, store it in airtight containers to keep it fresh and ready for Christmas-themed fun!
Homemade Play Dough Care Tips
Without cream of tartar, the dough would get crumbly fast, but now we have lovely soft, smooth play dough again – yay!
You’ve gone to the effort of making the play dough, you need to store in correctly. We tend to wrap ours in ziplock bags (which we reuse for new batches) then we seal the dough inside a IKEA GLIS container.
Generally speaking, keeping the dough in a cool dry place will be enough to make it last for up to 4 weeks. However, in the summer we have occasionally kept the dough in the fridge to stop it from going sticky.
WHAT TO DO WITH DRY DOUGH:
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