Chocolate Orange Playdough

Tags: playdough, sensory, messy play, imaginative

Section: Playdough

Make some delicious chocolate and orange scented playdough for a wonderful sensory experience and encourage imaginative play.

We recently decided to make some more chocolate playdough as Ava loved it the first time around. This time we made some orange dough to compliment the lovely chocolate smell (inspired by lots of chocolate oranges at Christmas!). The girls also had a rolling pin, plastic knives , toy ice cream cones and sundae glasses which encouraged lots of role play about ice cream shops and cake making.

What you need:

Make a batch of basic playdough using:

  • 1 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • up to 1 cup of water (this works better with boiling water)

Firstly mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix in the oil then gradually add the water. Once the dough has formed, divide in half and add two tablespoons of cocoa powder to one half and a few drops of orange food colouring and scent to the other half.

We then added candles, cake cases, toy ice cream cones and sundae glasses to enhance the imaginative play!

How can this benefit your child's development?

As children handle dough they are developing their fine manipulative skills and increasing strength in muscles in their hands and fingers. The sensory experience of the dough can help children develop language skills as they describe what they feel and smell as well as explain what they are doing with the dough. This activity can also lead to role play as children us the dough to represent other objects.

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