Kindergarteners love to work with their hands, especially with clay and Playdoh. Imagine how excited they will be to use a clay that is edible, and delicious, too!
Chocolate clay is great because you can make it from scratch with your kids in two easy steps. Once the dough is made and the kids are kneading it, let their creative minds go crazy with ideas for sculptures or free forms.
Teaching the kids to knead dough is a great exercise in using their fine motor skills and they won’t want to stop when the end result is something they can eat. So let them explore their imagination and create wonderful sculptures they are sure to enjoy in their tummies too!
What You Do:
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for one minute and stir until it’s completely melted. If it’s not completely melted, return to the microwave for another 20 seconds.
- The chocolate will be hot, so watch little hands trying to lick the bowl! Pour the corn syrup into the bowl and stir well.
- Pour the mixture onto a waxed paper sheet and spread the chocolate with your fingers until it’s about a ½ inch thick.
- Cover loosely with waxed paper and let it stiffen for a couple of hours. Then it’s ready to be molded into anything your child can imagine.
Encourage the kids to work the dough with their hands. Give them a task, like making tiny spheres, to get them to think about molding and sculpting.
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.