Friday, November 28, 2014

Cocoa play dough | Intentional learning series

Intentional learning is all about taking everyday play and life and creating opportunities for learning. It's coming up to Christmas and I'm mindful of all the homemade Christmas presents l have yet to make and the need to get the children into the Christmas creative spirit. Tully at 23 months spent much of the morning playing with the play dough and taking time to breathe in it's lovely chocolate smell. Reminiscent of hot cocoa and marshmallows it's really such an incredible play dough to work with. 

So how about some cocoa play dough inspired by Michelle from Miss 4's kinder which l will be making for gift giving this year. Here's a recipe for the thermomix but you can also make it in the old way and l have included a recipe for you here as well. Give it a go. Ho, Ho, Ho.


320g water {boiling hot from the kettle}
100g cooking salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
200g plain flour
100g cocoa powder 
15g coconut oil

How to make

  1.  Place salt in Thermomix bowl and blitz on Speed 9 for 3 seconds. You’ll want it to be like a fine powder.
  2.  Add cream of tartar and then add water. Heat for 3 minutes at 60 degrees on Speed 3.
  3. Stir with the spatula to make sure salt is dissolved. Heat for a further 2 minutes at 60 degrees on Speed 3.
  4. Add flour and cocoa and mix for 20 – 40 seconds on Speed 3. You just want the dough to be combined.
  5. Add coconut oil and blitz on and off for 1 minute, to combine the oil into the mix.
  6. We then turned the dough out onto the bench and checked dough was iced through, as we kneaded it. We floured the surface so it wouldn’t stick. Once it was all combined and smooth, it was ready to play.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

How to make the old school way


1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 - 2/3 cup of cocoa
1 cup salt
1 tbs oil
1 cup cold water

How to make
  1. Combine plain flour and salt in a blender. 
  2. Add water, cocoa and oil in blender or divide ingredients, and do in stages. Mix until ingredients are combined.
  3. Knead well on floured bench. 
  4. If consistency is too wet add a little plain flour.
  5. Store in air tight container. 
What have you been cooking lately?
You can read about past Intentional learning posts here.
And our Kitchen Series here.

I'm hoping in 2015 to have a regular Intentional learning Series post weekly sharing what l have been doing with my tribe. As Miss 4 begins her schooling journey I want to focus on home learning with Tully as he enters a time of great discovery. 2015 is going to be an amazing year l can already feel it.

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