This month, for a Valentine’s treat without the sugar, we enjoyed a chocolate playdough cookie shop play idea! The boys had so much fun, and nobody had to tell them “that’s enough candy and cookies!”
I absolutely have loved the ideas for sensory playdough in our preschool curriculum, A Year of Playing Skillfully! This month, the recipe called for Chocolate and Raspberry scented Playdough. I didn’t have the ingredients for the raspberry scented version, so instead I created “strawberry vanilla” and chocolate playdough batches for the boys.
Basic Homemade Playdough recipe:
- 2 cups flour *see modification for chocolate playdough
- 2 cups water
- 2 T cream of tartar
- 1 cup salt
- Splash of olive oil
Boil water, add dry ingredients plus oil, stir on low heat until combined. See below for modifications!
For the strawberry vanilla playdough, I made a half batch of homemade playdough, and added red food coloring, plus a 1/8th teaspoon vanilla extract for a subtle scent. *I used up old barley flour, so the scent didn’t come through as strong as I would’ve liked.
To make chocolate playdough, simply replace about 1/4 of your flour with cocoa powder. I made a half batch and used 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cocoa. The results start out a bit grainy, but with kneading the dough becomes smooth as usual. I also added a few drops of chocolate flavoring because I had it on hand. I’m not sure it affected the scent much.
Chocolate Playdough Cookie Shop Play Idea
The boys were so excited to discover another batch of scented playdough ready for them to play with! (Remember our yummy blueberry-scented DIY Purple Playdough?).
We started out making “chocolates” for a candy shop. The next day we decided our chocolates looked more like cookies, so we did a lot of chocolate playdough cookie shop play!
Rolling cookies, cut-outs, layers of chocolate and strawberry dough, even striped cookies. I love that my boys love this kind of hands on creative play.
The best part is, this dough lasts a long time. We still have our DIY purple playdough in the fridge from a month ago! And we’ve been playing with these two dough varities for several days now!
I hope you enjoy this sweet chocolate play dough cookie shop idea with your kids sometime soon!