We made a spring batch of our homemade play dough last week and Bryson specifically asked for some brown mud. The color didn’t come out exactly like I wanted, so we created some homemade chocolate cookie & mud play dough which turned out great. I started out with just mud play dough in mind and Bryson played with his monster trucks making tracks, crashing, etc. Before I knew it though, he was rolling out chocolate cookies, placing them on a baking sheet, and putting them in the oven. When the ding, ding, ding of the timer went off, we gathered around and enjoyed chocolate cookies made with this recipe. I love his imagination!
Chocolate Mud Play Dough
- 1¼ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup salt
- ½ cup cocoa
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- Mix all ingredients in a large saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat until a soft dough forms and the play dough looks more dry than wet.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool for about 2 minutes, then knead.
- Store in an air-tight container.
This recipe smells delicious enough to eat, but it won’t taste very good. While all of the ingredients in it are edible and it is safe for little ones to taste, they’ll likely spit it right back out! My husband came home from work and saw our container of “chocolate cookies.” He asked “What is this?” but didn’t give me time to reply before taking a bite. That didn’t go over so well, haha. For mud play, add people, cars, and monster trucks. For food play, bring out the rolling pin, kitchen utensils, cookie cutters, sprinkles, etc. Sit back and let your child take over. Follow their lead! It is wonderful for imaginative play.
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