Saturday, August 02, 2014

Chocolate Peppermint Cloud Dough

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One of my favorite parts about doing sensory play during the summer is that we can take the mess outdoors. Cloud dough is one of those messy activities that is just perfect for outdoors. I decided to use some of our new essential oils to recreate the classic combo of chocolate and peppermint in cloud dough form.

Chocolate peppermint cloud dough recipe for sensory play from And Next Comes L

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And goodness. It smelled heavenly! The warm chocolate smell mixed with the cool, refreshing scent of peppermint...mmmm...if only computer screens were scratch and sniff!

How to make chocolate peppermint scented cloud dough:

  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder or hot chocolate mix
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract 
**Please note: peppermint essential oils should be used with caution, especially with small children. Substitute peppermint extract if you want to do this activity with toddlers and preschoolers.**

I only happened to have 1/4 cup of cocoa powder on hand so I used primarily hot chocolate mix. So the cloud dough didn't turn out as chocolatey in color as I hoped. However, the wonderful scent trumped the color. And honestly, the boys don't really care what it looks like.

Playing with chocolate peppermint scented cloud dough from And Next Comes L

Just like any regular cloud dough recipe, this chocolate peppermint concoction can easily be molded into different shapes.

Playing with chocolate peppermint scented cloud dough from And Next Comes L

Playing with chocolate peppermint scented cloud dough from And Next Comes L

Chocolate peppermint cloud dough recipe for sensory play from And Next Comes L

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2 comments:

  1. How long does the cloud dough last?

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    1. Well, I sealed it in a zipper seal bag shortly after playing with it. We still have it 18 months later and it's still good to play with, although it doesn't smell as pepperminty anymore.

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