Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chocolate Play Dough

It's hard to believe Valentine's day is next week already. While the hubby and I don't usually do anything special to celebrate, it's fun to prepare special treats, or in this case, activities for the kids. Today I'm taking a break from food and sharing with you an easy and fun way to celebrate Valentine's.

Play dough is always a hit with children. Whether it's in the classroom or for my own kids, it's one activity choice that's available.  We like to make homemade versions for our preschool room at work, it's really quite cost effective to do so. I usually have a different "flavor" or scent if you will, available each month. One to coordinate with our current themes.

Of course chocolate for February only makes sense. When you enter the room and we've had play dough out, you immediately think of brownies.  It smells heavenly! Okay, well for play dough. If you're looking for a fun way to engage the kiddos, try making this play dough with them. It will provide them with hours of entertainment. And after being cooped up this winter, I think we all can use a little new inspiration.

Chocolate Play Dough

1 cup water
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tbsp cream of tarter
1-1/2 tbsp canola oil

Place water in a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 2 minutes, water should be boiling. Add all other ingredients into the bowl and mix well with a spoon until mixture comes together. Turn over onto a counter or hard surface and continue to knead dough a few times. Let play dough cool before storing in an airtight container or large baggie.

*If making for a classroom or for several children, you might want to double the batch.

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