Thursday, 31 July 2014

Homemade Chocolate Play Dough

Play dough is always a winner in Little Scribbles' house, providing endless hours of fun and mess! Whilst we do buy a lot of play dough, I find the best dough is homemade. This week we thought we would have a try at making chocolate play dough, using this simple recipe from The Imagination Tree. We did find it a little sticky, so more flour was needed but see how you go and you can always add in at the end.

Of course, Little Scribbles always likes to add a story to play time so we thought we would join Bear in his birthday celebrations

This book from Barefoot Books is great for a birthday gift for toddlers or for having a little quiet story time at a birthday party. As well as a fun hide and seek game throughout the story, the book introduces number and colours and is ideal for children up to 6 years of age.

The great thing is that this book is for life, not just for birthdays! As it happens it is birthday central here, with lots of family birthdays lined up, so what better time to have a re-read. After reading the story together ( well Sofia insisted she knew all the words so read it to me) we decided to get messy and make some cakes of our own. I admit that I did start to play with Sofia but also managed to sneak to one side to get a bit of work done. It was fun to watch her display so much creativity and use her imagination to create her own little party. There was indeed plenty of mess made but a well thought out sheet across the floor minimised destruction! As well as the dough, we used various cookie cutters, cake cases, plastic palate knives and lots of sprinkles to add to the fun. Anything goes really, as long as it's fun. We even added a candle and had a sing song to wish bear a Happy Birthday.

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