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Chocolate Playdough

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Chocolate Playdough

Chocolate Playdough is a great sensory tool to use and can be used in so many different experiences with children. Children can make pretend cupcakes, and make a birthday cake, for hot chocolate on a cold day. Adding chocolate playdough to use with different materials provides children with an endless amount of fun and learning possibilities. The following provides the recipe to make chocolate playdough.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 envelopes of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

What To Do

  • Add the flour, salt, and cream of tartar to a medium mixing bowl. Whisk and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the water and oil. Stir well to mix both ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until the dough is no longer lumpy.
  • Place the pan over medium heat, constantly stirring, until a stiff dough ball forms (about 2 minutes). The dough will look like mashed potatoes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 2 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until it is soft and pliable. 
  • Store Chocolate Playdough in a zipper bag or an airtight container for a few weeks. 

Hints and Tips

  • Add white pom pom for children to make hot chocolate.
  • Add baking items for children to pretend to make a cake and cupcakes
  • Give this along with a cake playdough mat for a child's birthday
  • Add vanilla essence for the smell

Further Reading

Playdough Benefits For Children - There are many benefits of children playing with playdough. The following article provides information on playdough including developing fine motor skills, creativity, vocabulary, literacy and numeracy and much more.

Paper Play Dough - Use recycled paper to add a different texture to the children’s play dough. 

Calming Playdough - Three different playdough recipes which will help children to calm down as they manipulate it. 

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Created On January 24, 2023 Last modified on Tuesday, January 24, 2023
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