I always loved getting chocolates in a heart box for Valentine’s Day when I was a kid! The chocolates with fancy fillings were hit or miss with me, but it was always so fun to see what surprise was waiting inside. Then I’d keep the empty box for all sorts of pretend play.
If you know a kid who loves valentines, chocolates, or fancy heart-shaped boxes, then they’ll love making play dough chocolates! This is a great sensory and pretend play activity for little kids, but also one that big kids will love since they can get really creative!
empty heart-shaped chocolate box
We used our homemade Mexican Chocolate play dough that we made back in October – it’s still super easy to mold, and smells good enough to eat! It’s just been stored in a plastic bag when not in use. Click here for the recipe. You could also substitute store bought brown play dough.
For the raspberry filling inside the chocolates, we used some pink store bought play dough that we had on hand, but homemade play dough with a berry scent would make it extra special.
If your kids are little, I’d stick with one color of play dough unless you don’t mind the colors getting hopelessly mixed, but older kids will enjoy the creative possibilities that two or more colors offer.
The little boxes of chocolates usually cost about $1. We were inspired to use heart-shaped boxes for our play dough by this post. If you don’t want your kids to have the REAL chocolates, just be sure they disappear before you set up the play activity for them. I’m sure you can figure out something to do with them! ;)
For extra fun, throw in a rolling pin, a dull or plastic knife, and a few cookie cutters. A scalloped edge cookie cutter can be used to make it look like bites were taken out of the chocolates. It’s a fun way to reveal what’s inside!!
Genny is a former Wake County Public School System elementary and reading teacher, who is now a stay-at-home mom of two preschoolers in Cary. Read more on her blog In Lieu of Preschool and Facebook page. And check out her new site Parent Teach Play and the Parent Teach Play Facebook page.