Homemade hot chocolate play dough has the most amazing scent and is so much fun to play with. When I was planning our hands on learning for preschool at home, I knew I wanted to find a way to make play dough that fit the theme of “warmth” for the week.
During our week of learning (you can find all of the inspiration on my Instagram here), we discovered how God’s love is like a warm cookie and we made warm hugs to mail to distant relatives for Valentine’s Day. We finalized our week of play and learning with hot chocolate play dough and fun sensory items I made from the Dollar Tree.
If you haven’t made your own play dough, what are you waiting for. It is seriously so simple to make and so much fun to play with. With a few basic ingredients, you can have lots of homemade play dough for your little one.
How to make homemade play dough
Homemade hot chocolate play dough is a few simple ingredients. You will need flour, salt, cream of tartar, neutral vegetable oil, and cocoa powder. Quality of ingredients is not important for this one, since no one will be eating it (hopefully), so we find our flour, salt, and cocoa at the Dollar Tree or Target when we need it. We also purchase our cream of tartar in bulk, since we use so much of it. Avocado oil is my go to choice for oil because it is in the house, but simple vegetable oil will do.
This recipe is simple to make and follow. I hope you feel encouraged and inspired to make your own hot chocolate play dough! Don’t forget to tag me on your Instagram if you make it and share.
Hot Chocolate Play Dough
- 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup salt
- 1 Tbs cream of tartar
- 1 Tbs neutral liquid oil vegetable or avocado work well
- 2-3 drops liquid glycerin *optional
- Place flour, liquid, salt, cream of tartar, & oil into a pan.
- Stir while cooking over medium heat. Scraping the sides of the pan constantly. I find a rubber spatula works best.
- After a few minutes (3 -5 min) a dough clump will form, pulling away from the sides.
- take a scraper or spoon, and remove the dough from the pan.
- *Allow it to cool and knead and add glycerine, if using. If your play dough seems a little dry, try adding a teaspoon of oil and kneading it in.
- Store in an air tight container. After storing it in an airtight container, if it seems dry, knead it and it should come back to life.