Most of us love eating chocolate and we celebrate so many special days of the year by eating and gifting chocolate treats. Not only is chocolate yummy but it also has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the brain which makes us happier when we eat it.
We celebrate Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and of course, Christmas with chocolates. There’s even an international day dedicated to celebrating the much loved delectable across the world – this is known as World Chocolate Day.
If you want to introduce some very simple baking recipes to your child, here is an easy dessert-making activity they will love. These chocolate activities for kids will allow them to learn and explore using their creativity in the kitchen. You can even make it a tradition to create your own decorative chocolate treats at any special time of the year. And also, you can wrap these chocolates in foil and your child can gift them to friends and family.
I’m going to introduce you to some very simple festive decorative chocolate activities for kids of all ages. These are very simple chocolate crafts that are suitable as fun activities for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids at any time of the year.
You will need to assist and supervise your child in the kitchen but these baking activities do not require the use of an oven.
These chocolate decorating ideas can be used as:
Christmas chocolate crafts
Valentines crafts for kids
Easter chocolate crafts
Chocolate Halloween crafts
Why should you try baking with your kid?
Baking is good for developing hand eye coordination, fine motor skills and it teaches kids basic kitchen skills from an early age. It also helps to build kid’s creativity in the kitchen.
What you will need for these decorative chocolate activities
Large bars of milk and/or white chocolates
Icing decorations – for example Easter, Halloween, Spring or Christmas themed
Food colouring of your choice (this is optional if you have white chocolate)
A bowl for each different type of chocolate
A spoon (to scoop the chocolate and pour it into the moulds)
A jug of hot water (to melt the chocolate)
How to create these tasty chocolate treats
- First, boil some water in a kettle and add it into a jug.
- Break the chocolate up into little pieces in a bowl and sit it over the jug of boiled water.
- Get a spoon and stir the chocolate as this will help it to melt quicker. You can now add a few drops of food colouring to your white chocolate if you wish to.
- Once the chocolate is melted you will need to scoop it into the silicone moulds using your spoon. Save a little chocolate in the bowl, cover it with a plate and leave it on the side as you will need this to stick the icing decorations on later.
- Wait a few minutes for the chocolates to cool down to room temperature, then place them in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- Take the chocolates out of the fridge and pop them out of the moulds one by one onto a clean surface where your child can decorate them.
- Put some boiling water in your jug again and re-heat the chocolate that you left covered on the side by placing the bowl of chocolate over the jug. You will need to use this melted chocolate to stick the icing decorations on your chocolate moulds.
- This is the best bit for your little one as they can now decorate the chocolates with beautiful icing decorations. All you need to do is smear the melted chocolate onto your chocolate moulds and let your child stick the icing decorations onto the moulds.
- When you have finished nicely decorating your chocolates, you can now eat them. Enjoy!
You can also make chocolate lollipops
To make chocolate lollipops you will need lollipop silicone moulds (these come with holes at the bottom where the lollipop sticks go). You will also need some plastic sticks to hold the lollipop. Once you have these, follow the steps above with an added step of adding the lollipop stick while the chocolate is still melted.
I hope you and your little one love these beautiful decorative chocolate activities for kids.