Sensory Explorations

Hot Chocolate Winter Play Dough Recipe


Winter is officially here in the mitten and nothing says winter like hot chocolate. It’s a winter staple at our house just like homemade play dough, so naturally I was looking for some winter play dough recipes.

So when I found a hot Chocolate Play Dough recipe on Pinterest, I just HAD to try it out. I followed Play Dough to Plato’s recipe from their blog and it didn’t take long to fill the kitchen with that hot chocolate smell. Yum yum!

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Hot chocolate play dough

Did I mention it looks like chocolate ice cream?

I don’t recommend following your temptation to eat it though. You can just ask our little Scout who has taste tested it on several occasions. Oh the joys of toddlerhood.

I love using homemade play dough for the kiddos because of the reason above. When you have a 17 month old everything and I mean EVERYTHING ends up in their mouths. With homemade dough, I don’t worry so much about her taste testing because it’s all edible ingredients. It just doesn’t taste the greatest.

We love exploring play dough for many reasons. First, the kiddos love it because it’s fun. This mama loves it because it builds hand strengthen which will be useful for pencil grips and other writing skills. It boosts creativity. Seriously, the kids can build whatever they desire. It helps improve fine motor skills which again will help with writing. Most of all, it keeps the kiddos engaged in play for long periods of time because they love it.

Did I mention when we make winter play dough recipes we are also using our math skills? Measuring and pouring helps us learn math in a natural environment.

It doesn’t take long to set up with the kiddos, so it makes for an easy activity to pull out for the kids when they get “bored” or mama needs them to be engaged in something in order to get something done. However, clean up can be a bit of a chore. This gives the kiddos a chance to work on life skills by cleaning up the play dough, sweeping the floor, and putting everything away. This doesn’t always go perfectly, but for the most part the kids love helping when they get to use the broom.

Get  the recipe for Hot Chocolate Play Dough from Play Dough to Platos here. 

 *Mixing and kneading dough is a great opportunity to build hand and arm strength for the kiddos.

I recommend storing the dough in an air tight container and keeping the dough in the refrigerator after each use. It really has made the difference for keeping our dough longer. Ours has lasted several months in the refrigerator.

I also recommend purchasing a larger container of Cream of Tarter if you plan on making homemade winter play dough recipes regularly. A small container at the store is pretty pricey. You can find a 2lb container on Amazon here.


Play dough

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Anything that can be used with Play Dough


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What’s your favorite homemade play dough recipe? 

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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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  1. Sarah Althouse

    So fun! I have 4 little nieces that would love this 🙂

    04 . 01 . 2017
  2. loveyoumoretoo

    I would have such a hard time not eating it up! Haha. I bet it did smell amazing!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  3. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    My daughter adored the fall playdough we made. I was looking for a good winter one!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  4. Jenn@PPS

    Playdough rocks. This looks like so much fun. I may do this later with the boys. Thank you for posting this.

    04 . 01 . 2017
  5. Therusticfive

    You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

    04 . 01 . 2017
  6. Therusticfive

    She will love this one!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  7. Therusticfive

    It sure does! My daughter likes to sample it and judging by the look she makes every time, it doesn’t taste to well. Lol

    04 . 01 . 2017
  8. Denaye

    Ha- this looks yummy 🙂

    04 . 01 . 2017
  9. Nostalgia Seekers

    I often make play dough for my daughter’s class, and I think they would love this!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  10. momtessorilife

    My little one is obsessed with hot chocolate, so we will definitely have to try this!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  11. Tabitha Blue / Fresh Mommy Blog

    So. Much. Fun!!!! What a great recipe, and I’m sure it smells amazing! Perfect for winter 😉

    04 . 01 . 2017
  12. kage2015

    First I thought I read this wrong. Hot chocolate play dough. Well who doesn’t love hot chocolate and play dough. Will be making this with the grandkids.

    04 . 01 . 2017
  13. alexietyler

    This is genius!! I can’t wait to give this a try!

    04 . 01 . 2017
  14. Kathy

    This looks great! I think I’d also be tempted to give it a try. I love the idea of homemade play dough! At least you know what’s in it.

    04 . 01 . 2017
  15. Therusticfive

    That’s exactly why I love it. You control the ingredients.

    04 . 01 . 2017
  16. Catia Hernandez Holm

    Oh my gosh! I’m so not crafty and I think i could do this! My daughter will thank you for it 🙂

    04 . 01 . 2017
  17. twoboysonepup

    Fun idea! I bet your house smelled so delicious!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  18. Ali Rost

    This looks like so much fun! Forwarding it to my daughter .. my grandsons will love it. Thank-you 🙂

    05 . 01 . 2017
  19. Lauren | also known as mama

    This is such a cool recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  20. thecoffeemom0617

    This seems super fun and easy. I bet my daughter would love it! We will have to try it soon. Thanks for the idea 🙂

    05 . 01 . 2017
  21. Amanda | Maple Alps

    This looks like a lot of fun! I fear it would make me want to eat chocolate 😉 Love play dough!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  22. Therusticfive

    It will do just that! I was craving chocolate like crazy when I made it, but I’m also 8 months pregnant. Lol

    05 . 01 . 2017
  23. Tyane Milem

    I have done peanut butter playdough, but I will definitely have to try the hot chocolate one. This looks so awesome!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  24. daisyjar

    oh my goodness!!! this is so cute! I used to love play dough as a kid. I don’t know if I could stop my temptation to eat this one though haha

    05 . 01 . 2017
  25. discobumblebee

    This looks like fun! I definitely want to make this with my daughter – we both love chocolate 🙂

    05 . 01 . 2017
  26. Lillian Abbey

    We haven’t tried play doh yet but I think it would be a great sensory activity for my 18 month old. I love the idea of making it yourself because I KNOW she’ll try eating it!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  27. Katie Reed

    This is so cool! We love making play dough, but I haven’t seen this before. I will definitely need to try it!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  28. J. Ivy Boyter

    Cool idea – and ditto on the toys taste testing. My little dude is only 12 months old and there isn’t anything he doesn’t try to eat.

    05 . 01 . 2017
  29. Krysten

    This looks like loads of fun! It’s supposed to be rainy for the rest of the week, so this is something that the little man and I can do!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  30. theforeverteacher

    LOVE this idea!!! We’ve been stuck inside due to the weather, so I needed a new idea with the kids! Especially when it can help with their maths skills!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  31. Marla | Because I Said So Baby

    This looks so fun! My little one just started getting into play dough – will have to try this out!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  32. kaitbrough

    I love this and will definitely be trying it out with my baby boy. He would love it!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  33. Paige Rodriguez

    This is great! I chuckled at the part where you said to not follow your temptation to eat it… My son puts EVERYTHING in his mouth now too! haha such a fun age but it’s the reason I don’t buy the store bought stuff either. This sounds heavenly and would be so much fun for my little guy. We’ll definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing the idea!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  34. Lindsay Bartelt

    So fun! I would love to try that! My daughter would adore the activity and I’d adore the smell! Thanks for sharing!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  35. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    Totally going to try this!

    05 . 01 . 2017
  36. Spunky Moms

    This looks like so much fun! I kind of miss play with dough when my kids were young. Actually, my kids would probably like making this now because they’re old enough to do this on their own.

    06 . 01 . 2017
  37. Hi There!

    Love the hot chocolate play-doh!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  38. miriinthevillage

    Hot choc play doh wut wut wut wut !

    06 . 01 . 2017
  39. ShortSweetMom

    This looks like a lot of fun. We have never done home made play-doh but this makes me want to try it. I like that you use the making process as a chance to do math and work on fine motor skills. Way to make learning fun!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  40. cjoyelle

    We love playdough! I will have to give this a try! So FUN

    06 . 01 . 2017
  41. Sharon Chen

    I think homemade molding clay is still the best! Free from chemicals and the likes.

    06 . 01 . 2017
  42. Rachel @ The Analytical Mommy

    Woah! We are SO making this tomorrow!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  43. caseyp1110

    How much fun is that! Going to have to do this with the Pea!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  44. Tina@AMindfulFairytale

    Sounds awesome! My girls love play dough! We will be trying this-thanks!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  45. MK Library

    Awesome tip on keeping the playdough longer when its homemade! Does it taste as salty as the commercialized versions? Not that I would know what those taste like…harumph!

    06 . 01 . 2017
  46. Lucretia Carter

    I can’t wait to make this with my kiddo’s, we are expecting a big storm this weekend and this is a perfect activity to have ready for them.

    06 . 01 . 2017
  47. shopannies (@shopannies)

    we love to play with playdough and I love to make a weekly theme but this dough I have not made as of yet I will make soon though thanks for sharing
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    07 . 01 . 2017
  48. suzanne

    We’ve been looking for more winter activities, and this one looks so cute. Definitely trying!

    07 . 01 . 2017
  49. Therusticfive

    I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    07 . 01 . 2017
  50. fitfoodiemomlife

    Oh my gosh, how cool!!!! I would be so tempted to eat that though 😉 what a great idea and super festive. LOVE IT! 🙂 <3

    07 . 01 . 2017
  51. SIC Mama

    This is great!! My kids would love it, if they didnt eat it haha

    07 . 01 . 2017
  52. The Domestic Musician

    What a fun idea!

    08 . 01 . 2017
  53. All Babied Up

    This is so fun and festive! Love it!

    09 . 01 . 2017
  54. Shann Eva

    Such a fun activity! I’ve never even thought about making play dough like hot chocolate. I love that you used the measuring as a learning experience too.

    09 . 01 . 2017
  55. The Sanity Plan

    My kids could play with play-doh every day. Thanks for this!

    09 . 01 . 2017
  56. Tiffany Ching Bean

    Such a fun and creative idea to keep the littles busy during these rainy months

    09 . 01 . 2017

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