Best Chocolate Crafts with Kids
Getting messy in the kitchen and getting messy with crafts are some of our favourite activities with kids. Combine that with chocolate and you have the perfect Easter rainy-day entertainment - one that goes down very well with kids in our crèche and kids' clubs. Chocolate crafts are inexpensive to boot, and you can scoff the results. What's not to like?
Some of the following are very easy and great ways to introduce very young kids to kitchen creativity. Others are more complicated and need a bit more supervision. Use the best chocolate you can – at least 70% cocoa solids for dark, 34% cocoa solids for milk and 29% cocoa butter for white.
Buy or make some plain rectangular biscuits – shortbread is one option. Melt dark or milk chocolate in a glass bowl over boiling water (or in a microwave), place the biscuits into it, fully submerging and then removing them with a fish slice and putting them onto a sheet of waxed paper.
Let the kids add 1–6 small edible cake decorations – perhaps gold or silver pearls – to both sides of each 'domino'. When they've set and cooled, let the games commence – just see how long they last before being snaffled…
Combine half a cup each of peanut butter and icing sugar and 2tbsp of cocoa powder to make a kind of play-dough the kids can eat when they're done crafting with. Great things to lay out to inspire their games are edible cake decorations including sprinkles, cake/pastry/biscuit cutters and moulds, and rolling pins. Tip: use waxed paper to protect work surfaces.
Source some novelty moulds to make your own chocolates, melting white, dark or milk chocolate as above. There are all kinds of moulds available, including skulls, keyboards, building bricks and even bums!
Fill a bowl with water and place in the freezer overnight/until frozen. Melt dark, milk or white chocolate as above and pour into a Ziploc bag. Seal it and snip off a corner of the bag.
Take the bowl out of the freezer and loosen the half-circle of ice from it (run the bottom of the bowl under a warm tap if it won't come away easily). With the Ziploc 'piper', draw zigzagging lines of chocolate over the ice, going both ways to form a basket pattern.
Place it in the fridge for about 10 minutes to set. Take it out and wait for the ice to melt a little – the chocolate basket should now come off easily. Use it as a serving dish for strawberries or other fruit, or as a holder for chocolate mini eggs.
Melt two different-coloured chocolates into separate bowls, then blow up a balloon and tape it to another bowl. Pour a layer of the first chocolate over the balloon and put it to set/harden in the fridge, before pouring the next layer over the top and repeating the setting process.
Take it out of the fridge and pop the balloon and remove that and the bowl, leaving a chocolate bowl perfect for serving a healthy fruit treat - or providing a cosy nest for fluffy toy chicks…
Chocolate Lip Balm
This may not exactly be a 'craft' but might intrigue older kids/teens, showing them how easy it is to make your own, natural health/beauty products. Melt 1tsp beeswax, 2tsp coconut oil and 1–2 chocolate chips over boiling water and stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a small container with a lid and wait for it to cool and grow solid again. Read also about making lip balm with Eliza at Woolley Grange Hotel.
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Image: Chocolate treats at Fowey Hall Hotel.