As tempting as it may seem:
Do not eat the Chocolate Play Dough!
To further enhance the Valentine's theme, I have combined my Chocolate Play Dough with an empty heart-shaped candy box, heart-shaped cookie cutters, and my new dough roller from "Write Out of the Box". This wooden rolling pin creates heart shapes while it flattens. According to Marianne the creator of Write Out of the Box, this type of roller helps "strengthen the hard to develop intrinsic muscles in the hand." According to my kids, it is "really cool!"
As with all of my homemade play doughs, this chocolate dough is less crumbly than store bought play dough and keeps well in an air tight container. The dough cooking process clearly illustrates the concepts of liquids and solids and can generate a dialog about thermal energy and scientific solutions. In addition to being applicable around Valentine's Day, Chocolate Play Dough could also be an enrichment activity while reading chocolate related literature such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Chocolate Fever. Although play dough is extremely fun for young children, older kids and adults enjoy it too.
Even though this Chocolate Play Dough isn't good to eat, it is still a sweet thing to share with someone you love. Happy Valentine's Day!
Chocolate Play Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups flour (plus more for kneading)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons oil
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, and cream of tartar in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan.
- Add water and oil.
- Stir constantly over medium heat. The mixture will be soupy for several minutes and then suddenly it will stick together and can be stirred into a ball.
- When mixture thickens and forms a rough ball, remove from the heat and continue stirring.
- Turn the hot ball of dough onto a floured surface, and begin kneading as it cools. Add extra flour if mixture is too sticky. Continue kneading until flour is incorporated and dough is no longer sticky.
- Enjoy dough with rollers, cutters, and other tools.
- Store at room temperature in a large zip-lock bag or other air tight container.