Valentine’s Day Playdough

Chocolate Playdough Recipe

– 1 1/2 cups flour
– Tablespoons vegetable oil
– 1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 1 cup salt
– 2 cups water
– 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar

Add all ingredients to a medium-large saucepan and mix well. Over medium-high heat cool, stirring constantly, until it forms a soft ball in the middle of the pan. This takes about 5 minutes. Using your spatula scope out the playdough on wax paper and allow to cool a couple minutes; it will be hot at this point. Knead the playdough a couple times to get the smooth, glossy playdough look and enjoy!

Play ideas

Empty chocolate boxes to put in pretend ‘chocolates’

Make cupcakes/cookies and decorate with sprinkles to add another texture/sensory experience or add a strawberry on top! Another idea is to add candles and have a birthday party!

Make a variety of ‘cookies’ to learn about quantity, sizes and shapes

Pretend to work at a bakery and take a customer’s order. Take turns playing different roles.

Practice thinking of others and make a smart guess about what kind of cookie a friend would like. Big vs. small; heart vs. circle shaped; blue sprinkles vs. pink sprinkles

Make pretend ‘hot cocoa’ with marshmallows!




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