Montessori Monday: A Week of Play Dough and a Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

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The last couple of weeks have had us a bit out of sync. It seems like our entire world is poised on the brink of summer, not quite done with the school year, but ready for summer. Even our weather has been totally crazy, leaving us indoors too much of the time. As a result, Dora has been a bit irritable and hard to keep occupied. Finally, she started asking to play with play dough. We have a big bucket of play dough toys with cookie cutters, rolling pins, clay tools, etc., but I also brought out little bowls of cut up pieces of straws, gems, beads, googly eyes, golf tees, and toothpicks to liven things up and give her some additional fine motor skills practice. Amazingly, this activity kept Dora occupied for a good hour at a time. She started requesting certain colors of play dough, so I experimented with various recipes. I was having trouble getting very vibrant colors and when she asked for brown play dough, I was truly stumped. I finally decided to wing it by using cocoa powder and a mishmash of play dough recipes. It ended up working out really well, with the only complaint being that it made people want to eat it, but tasted awful. I know there are some edible chocolate play dough recipes out there, but this is not one of those (no one got sick or anything, it just taste horrible).

Chocolate Play Dough


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a large-sized sauce pan mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water and stir well.
  2. Cook entire mix over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a ball forms (about 5 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and turn dough out on to a plastic cutting-board or your counter top. Let dough cool for five minutes. Knead dough until completely smooth.

I have found that most homemade play dough recipes seem to store well in an airtight container for a couple of weeks when kept at room temperature. I going to store this in the refrigerator to see how long it stays good. Dora played with a couple of batches of play dough for so long, they were dried out by the time she was finished playing with them!

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Labels: Montessori
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff