We’re beginning a brand-new CAMPING thematic unit! The one thing that I like the least about camping is all the bugs…but they seem to be absolutely intriguing to kids.
Want to encourage your child to dig for bugs in the “mud” without getting muddy (or coming in contact with real bugs)? This is a fun chocolatey-smelling version of playdough that can double as mud!
Here’s what you’ll need:
And the recipe for chocolate-scented playdough:
4 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
5 cups water
2 1/2 cups salt (just about the equivalent of an entire container)
3 Tablespoons cream of tartar (I ran out after 1 Tbsp…see the substitution below)
10 tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola)
1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add the water and oil.
I ran out of cream of tartar after 1 tablespoon, so I had to use vinegar to make up the difference. Just double the tablespoons when using vinegar (1 tablespoon cream of tartar= 2 tablespoons vinegar). If you use vinegar, just make sure to add a little extra flour (like 1/4 to 1/3 cup) so that it will still be the right consistency. And don’t worry about your playdough smelling like vinegar…as it cooks, the smell goes away.
3. Stir all the ingredients together and cook over low-medium heat.
4. Keep stirring (you’ll get your forearm workout for the day in). The mixture will start to thicken up and pull together. Keep going a little bit longer until…
…it is no longer sticky when you squeeze a piece of the mixture between your fingers.
5. Once it’s no longer sticky, dump it out onto a clean surface.
6. While still warm (but not hot) knead together until smooth.
7. Cover with a dishcloth for about 20 minutes and then place inside a gallon-size plastic bag. Leave the bag open until there is no longer any condensation. Press all of the air out of the bag and seal. (Once it was completely dry, I wrapped it in plastic cling-wrap first before putting it into the gallon-sized bag since I wasn’t planning to use it for a few weeks.)
This playdough is also lots of fun for making tracks with your trucks! :)