Chocolate Play Dough

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I have quite a few different recipes I turn to for homemade play dough. One of my favorite preschool classroom activities is pretend kitchen play with chocolate dough. This chocolate play dough recipe does not include cream of tartar, making it a great last minute activity. It’s soft for little hands and will make your home or classroom smell like warm chocolate cookies. Chocolate Play Dough made without Cream of Tartar!Most play dough recipes include cream of tartar and although I use it frequently, it’s not an ingredient I always have on hand. The chocolate play dough recipe uses baking soda as a substitute along with other basic ingredients you likely already have in the kitchen already.


  • 1 TBSP baking soda
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 C salt
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C cocoa
  • 3 C water

Chocolate Play Dough Ingredients

 Mix all dry ingredients in bowl.

mix dry ingredients for chocolate play dough

Stir all ingredients in pot over low heat until dough ball forms. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and knead with additional flour (approximately 1/2 C) until dough is no longer sticky.

Add Flour to Chocolate Play Dough

Use cookie cutters, baking sheets, and other accessories for fun pretend play with your chocolate play dough.

Playing with Chocolate Play Dough

Store play dough in a plastic container for later use.

how to store homemade play dough

Do you have little hands in your home that would enjoy making pretend cookies with chocolate play dough?

Heather HeadshotHeather, a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor here on Mom Endeav­ors, is a preschool teacher and mommy to one sassy lit­tle girl.  She shares fam­ily activ­i­ties, class­room ideas, snacks, and kids crafts at her blog, Brie Brie Blooms. You can catch up with Heather on Face­bookTwit­ter, and Pin­ter­est!


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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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