Neapolitan Ice Cream Play Dough: A fun invitation to play

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Set up a super fun invitation to play for the kiddos by whipping up this neapolitan ice cream play dough! You will need to make three batches of play dough- vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. It’s not as time consuming as it sounds as I find one batch of play dough cooks over the stove in literally a minute. Don’t bother washing the pan in between batches- no one has time for that! Just start with the vanilla as it is colourless, then do the strawberry, and finally the chocolate which is the darkest colour.


The basic play dough recipe:

1 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix all the ingredients in a pan and heat over the stove until it congeals. Turn it out onto the table or on a plate, let it cool down for a couple minutes, then knead it a little with your hands…and you’re done!

If you’ve seen my previous post on how to make play dough, this is the same recipe but halved. The vanilla play dough is just this basic recipe. For the strawberry, add in a few drops of pink food colouring. Red food colouring will also turn out pink if you don’t put too much in (I used red here). For the chocolate, add 1/4 cup of cocoa powder. For an added sensory element, you could also add vanilla essence, strawberry essence, and chocolate essence. We didn’t have any so didn’t use it here. I can imagine if you did it would give you a total head trip though and really make you feel like eating it! Just the cocoa powder in the chocolate play dough already made it smell so delicious!


I gave the kids some real ice cream cones to play with. Miss 4.5 really enjoyed this activity. It was so pretty that she didn’t actually want to mix the colours! My 21-month-old mostly watched her sister playing, and surprisingly didn’t try to eat anything even though it looked so real! I hope it’s the start of her realising she can’t eat everything in this world!

Have fun playing!

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