Hot cocoa play day for preschoolers

The days are getting very cold here and a fun way to warm things up is to have a hot cocoa day…

We had a little bit of everything going on around our classroom including some hot cocoa and marshmallow fine motor play…

We also enjoyed our homemade hot cocoa play dough (I put the hot cocoa playdough inside the hot chocolate mix can before the children arrived).  See this recipe for making your own Chocolate Playdough

The children were quite surprised to discover the hot cocoa playdough once they opened the can…

The children explored the hot cocoa playdough by digging it out with our plastic tongs and filling up their paper cups…

We also did a little hot cocoa painting by mixing a little chocolate extract into our brown paint…

The children glued their hot cocoa mugs to a sheet of blue construction paper…

And then the children painted their hot cocoa mugs with the hot cocoa paint…

And of course, the children added a few marshmallow prints dipped in white paint to top it off…

Afterall, every good cup of hot cocoa has to have marshmallows! …

Some of the children used their marshmallows dipped in white paint to try a little color mixing as well…
Our entire classroom smelled like hot cocoa for the day!  We even served up some hot cocoa to drink during our snack time…

A day filled with the wonderful smell of hot cocoa and fine motor marshmallow fun…

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Playdough recipes from PreKinders

Hot Cocoa ideas save on Delicious….

Comments

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Hi Cathy,
      The children didn’t realize there was anything in the hot cocoa can for quite awhile so it just sat on the table until finally, one of the children asked me what I had all the playdough toys out for. I said, “well, why don’t you look inside the can and see?”

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      The children really liked the marshmallow painting. It added some extra fun to this activity for sure:)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      Yay!! I love prop boxes. That is something I would like to spend more time on putting together but I am afraid that it will have to wait until the summer:)