It smells like a chocolate paradise. Let’s pretend we’re candy makers in a chocolate factory!

Children love to play with dough. And no wonder! They can squish and pound it and form it into fascinating shapes. Making play dough with your child teaches measuring skills, math skills, language skills and more. It helps encourage waiting one’s turn, sharing ideas and new language development. Try my favorite recipe this weekend. It’s a great way to interact and learn with your child. And it’s FUN!

How to Make Homemade No-Cook Chocolate Play Dough

What you need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (optional)

Mix it all up

Put all ingredients into a large bowl.  Mix well until a ball starts to form.  Let cool for a few minutes and then dump it onto the counter and knead. If it is too sticky, just add a little flour.

Making it is half the fun!  So please be sure to let your child do as much of the measuring, mixing and kneading as possible. They can even try mixing the ingredient with their hands. During the process remember to encourage verbal skills by talking about what your child is doing. Asking open ended questions. And answering your child’s questions. If your child asks, “Can we make it a different color?” Give it a try.

Now it’s time to play with the Chocolate play dough

Your child’s imagination and your’s are the only limits here. Cut it. Squeeze it. Put things in it. Make a snake. A rocket. Throw it. Catch it. It’s all up to you. You can even taste it! Yes! It’s edible but not at all sweet.

When finished seal in a zip-lock bag or airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

When you make chocolate play dough your child learns:

Math Skills

  • Measuring; fractions, cups, tablespoons…
  • Comparing & contrasting – bigger, smaller, lighter, darker…

Verbal Skills

  • Expanding vocabulary

Motor Skills

  • Mixing (with spoon & hands)
  • Pouring
  • Rolling

Reading Skills

  • Following written directions
  • Reading fractions & numbers

Sensory Skills

  • Feeling different textures
  • Different smells
  • Colors

And a lot more!

Doing cooking and science projects together with your children at home is a great way to help reinforce what we are learning at school and strengthen family bonds. I hope you have fun creating memories.

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