Chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially for Valentine’s Day! But you can’t eat it every day… So let’s play with it instead with this Easy No-Cook Chocolate Playdough! You and the kids will love the delicious chocolate scent of this chocolate play dough recipe. Plus, they’ll have tons of fun turning it into chocolates in a real Valentine chocolate box.
How to Play with Chocolate Playdough
There are lots of fun ways to play with this chocolate playdough. It smells good, so you’ll want to add it to all of the seasons. For Valentine’s Day we added an empty (um, yum…) heart shaped chocolate box and some play dough tools. You can either prep the Valentine invitation ahead of time to gift your kiddo a box of chocolate playdough or you can set all the supplies out for an epic chocolate-making session. All you have to do is roll the playdough out on your work surface and cut out candy shapes with mini cookie cutters. Then sprinkle the candy shapes with assorted valentines sprinkles. Place in an empty Valentine candy box.
Ingredients for Super Easy No-Cook Chocolate Playdough
You probably have most of these ingredients in the cupboard, ready for an impromptu playdough session!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Assorted Valentine sprinkles
- Valentine chocolate box
- Cookie cutters, rolling pin, and other playdough tools
How to Make Super Easy No-Cook Chocolate Playdough
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, cocoa powder and cream of tartar. Whisk to mix well.
- Heat up water in a kettle or microwave. If you don’t have access to hot water, you can use cold, it just ends up being a little more dry a dough. Pour hot water into the dry ingredients.
- Next add the oil, vanilla and hot water. Stir well to incorporate. The oil is what keeps it moist and elastic so add another teaspoon, if necessary.
- Remove the playdough from the mixing bowl and place it on a flat, lightly floured working surface. Knead for several minutes until a soft and elastic dough forms. Enjoy the chocolate scent!
*Store in ziplock bags for up to 3 months
More Super Fun Playdough Activities for Kids
I’m guessing that your kids and students can’t get enough playdough in their lives, just like mine. So here are a few more fun ideas.
Pi Day Pie Playdough – Next month on 3/14 is the nerdiest holiday of the year. And of course we celebrate it here at Left Brain Craft Brain! Check out this fun dough that smells divine and teaches kids about Pi and circles.
Playdough Petroglyphs – I love this dough and the introduction of some anthropology to play for kids. Sand makes the dough rock-like and their drawings make them just like the ancients.
You can see all our Playdough Recipes HERE.
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