Chocolate. Need I say more.

This chocolate playdough smells divine and is a simple way to engage with the senses of chocolate, without eating chocolate, or the playdough!

The smell of the chocolate, without the playdough actually being chocolate, is a great conversation starter around the concept of the five senses. And how in fact, we see and smell our food before we taste it.

This recipe is also terrific as it uses run of the mill kitchen ingredients. I never have cream of tartar or food colourings on hand. I also adore that it is all natural, perfect for little hands. And, no cooking needed!!!

Simple sensory food activities, such as chocolate playdough, are a wonderful exposure to food, away from eating at the table. When you break down the ingredients, this playdough initiates food exploration around flour, cocoa, oil, salt, water and lemons. Which if you wanted to explore it further in an early primary setting, the ingredients fit into different food groups as well (carbohydrates, fats and fruits)

And now for the recipe…..


Simple No Cook Chocolate Playdough

What you need is:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tbs of oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice.


What you do is:

Mix it all together until well combined and soft. The stickiness should calm down while kneading and cooling. If it is still super sticky, add a little more flour to the mix.


It should last in a sealed container for around 2 weeks.

I also love to extend the play with this playdough by using it as a base for natural art creations. You can do this with seeds and nuts of food too or perhaps forage in the garden for flowers and gumnuts.

The best bit about this recipe, and using natural art, is that at the end of the play, the whole lot can go into the compost.


If you are interested in some other simple food education activities check out:

And if you make or do any of these activities, including the chocolate playdough, I would love you to tag me on Facebook or Instagram.