Family Valentine’s Day fun

Let’s cook and play together!

So this year again, Valentine’s Day just showed up at our doorstep, as we still wander around a little confused, in a post-holidays haze. Since Valentine’s Day is about love and spending great time together, I’ll share two cute and easy home-made modelling clay with you, that need next to no preparation. These come from a French website, educatout.com, and is translated by yours truly.

Basic colored dough

The first one has been kid-tested this morning, and 8 year old and a 4 year old did this on their own, needing supervision only with the food-coloring in the end. A very nice and easy-going activity!

You will need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • food coloring

Since ingredients do vary in freshness and quality, quantities might have to be lightly adjusted.

  1. Mix salt and flour in a bowl
  2. Add water and oil, mixing constantly, until you obtain a homogeneous and smooth texture.
  3. Separate clay into smaller parts.
  4. Add food coloring to each part and knead until the color is well blended.
  5. Store modelling clay in tight sealing bag or container.

If you want only one color, you can add the food coloring to the water, this will ensure a nice even blend.

Chocolate dough

One of my (and the kids, right…) favorite modelling clay is the next one, found on the same website. The chocolate cake smell it gives to the house! This is perfect for a Valentine’s Day special activity. Though I don’t think it tastes good, kids tend to at least try a crumb of it, it just smells that good!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water

This one is a cooked version, it does tend to give better results I find, since it melts that salt, which gets rid of the grainy feel some recipes have.

  1. Mix everything quickly together, but be thourough.
  2. Cook on low until it forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  3. When the ball has cooled down, knead with your hands.
  4. Keep in a sealed plastic container or a Ziploc bag.

All there is left to do is play, play and play some more! I am convinced this will create a lot more nice memories than a box of chocolates ever will, but be aware… The smell of this dough might just give you some chocolate cake craving!

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