Thursday, 31 January 2013

Great for playing "making cakes!"


                                         Try out this recipe for Chocolate playdough!!

I have been excited about trying out different types of playdough since the snow dough we made back in December, and began searching for the next type to try. Then, I came across a fantastic idea......chocolate playdough! It is definitely not one for children who will eat playdough quite easily, as it smells sooooo good! I gave it a try today and it proved a great activity!

You need :

2 cups water
1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 Cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup cocoa powder

Combine all of the ingredients into a saucepan and place on a low heat. Stir until the mixture combines together to create the dough. Allow to cool before playing with!

To make this activity a little different from the usual playdough activities we do, I gave my daughter some paper cake cases and some old cake candles for her to explore. She was soon making her own birthday cakes for her toys, placing the candles on the top and singing the birthday song to herself!

This gave her the chance to use her hand- eye co ordination to place the candles carefully in the cakes she had created! She knew she wasn't allowed to eat it, but did love to keep taking pieces up to her nose to have a sniff!!

Another learning opportunity came in the guise of creating shapes with the candles. She recognised that they made brilliant circle shapes as well as other marks in the dough. Because of its dark colour, the dough showed up these marks brilliantly and if they didn't go as she planned, she learnt she could clear the dough with her rolling pin, to start all over again!!

It is well worth a try! Great fun! But be warned.........the smell will make you want chocolate!!

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