The children that attend our Wide Bay Kids Playgroup absolutely love playdough. I get such a kick out of watching their imagination unfold whilst making all sorts of playdough creations. My Wide Bay Kids often use playdough as part of pretend cooking, to make monster faces or to create scenes incorporating toys as well.
This week our Playgroup theme was wheels. As one of the activities I thought the children would enjoy making transport scenes with toys and playdough. The colours that came to my mind were green for trees and brown for roads. Making green playdough was easy but who has brown food dye? I tried mixing a few dyes together, what a mess! Then it came to me, what about using cocoa?!?...........So, I did what any good Mummy would do and I googled it!
Did you know that there is actually such a thing as.......Chocolate Playdough! I quickly got to whipping up a batch only for my husband to comment on how good it smelt!! BUT don't be fooled kids, it still tastes awfully salty!
Chocolate Playdough Recipe
What you need:
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (generic brand is fine)
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 tblsp oil
- 1 tblsp cream of tartar
- 2 cups water
- measuring cups and spoons
- large saucepan (mix your ingredients in pot to save washing up)
- wooden spoon
- plastic wrap
- air tight container with lid
What to do:
- Mix all ingredients together in the saucepan.
- Cook playdough on your stove top over a medium heat remembering to stir continuously. Your dough is ready when it becomes thick and pulls away from the edges of the saucepan.
- Take pan off heat and allow the dough to cool slightly.
- While the dough is still warm, knead it a little to make sure it is evenly cooked.
- Cover playdough in plastic wrap and store in an air tight container preferably in the fridge.
My tip - The depth of colour will depend upon the cocoa you use. The ratio of cocoa and flour can vary but just make sure you have a total of 2 cups combined. Chocolate playdough is perfect for construction and nature scenes, and lets not forget pretend chocolate foods! I'm so impressed with my efforts I think I'll try glitter playdough next!