Music Inspired Chocolate Scented Dough


Music Inspired Chocolate Dough

Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired scented dough.  As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some scented dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing senses’.  As we have mentioned in our introduction to the series, music is a great way of helping hearing and non hearing children gain confidence in the world around them as well as providing a whole host of skills too.

read more on our introductory page here


Music Inspired Scented Dough

Our Scented Dough Recipe

Please note that this is NOT an edible dough so should NOT be used unsupervised or with children who like to taste/eat dough!

1 1/2 cups of plain flour

1 cup of plain cocoa powder

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 vanilla pod (seeds only)

1 sachet of cream of tartar

1/2 cup of salt

1 cup of water

1 tbsp of of plain cooking oil

We added all the dry ingredients to a large saucepan and then mixed in the water.  On a low heat we stirred the mixture until it became dough like and pliable.  After taking off the heat we removed the dough and kneaded it until it was smooth – be careful as the dough can still be quite warm. Once it was cool it was ready to play with.

Setting the Scene for

Music Inspired Scented Dough Play

The scented dough was put inside a mason jar and placed on the table.  There was also a tin full of empty sweet wrappers, cake decorations, chocolate boxes and tin foil from chocolate coins for her to use.  We had the de-seeded vanilla pod in the room to add to the smell.  Then we used introduced the music via our YouTube playlist and let the fun begin.

Our daughter loved the smell of the dough and spent a moment just squashing it with her fingers and raising it to her nose.  She thought it smelt delicious and noticed that the more she played with the dough the stronger the scent was.  She experimented with the different tools and objects she was given as soon set about making her own chocolates, biscuits and cakes.  I allowed her a small piece of chocolate to eat whilst she was playing and she commented on how nice it tasted.


Music Inspired Scented Dough Play

Music and Dough Play – My Observations

She thought the music sounded chocolatey and she squashed, rolled and manipulated the dough along to the music.  As the paced slowed on the pieces her movements matched it.  When the faster paced music came on she seemed to change from rolling the dough to making marks in it or cutting it. After an hours play she declared that she was hungry so we tidied away the dough.  She wanted to listen to the music whilst eating some cereal and told me she loves listening to the music when she plays with the dough.  This is fast becoming one of our most favourite activities!


Music Chosen

The music we chose for our Music Inspired Scented Dough were a combination of classical and more modern pieces:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 – Andante

Hot Butter – Popcorn Song

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Pachelbel Canon in D Major

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Toot Sweets Soundtrack

Beethoven – Pastoral Symphony No. 6 – 5th Movement


You can visit our YouTube channel and listen to the pieces we chose for this sensory dough activity or listen to them here:

We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough and we look forward to next month when we will be writing about our Music Inspired Sparkle Dough.

If you are a fan of Pinterest then please pop along to the group’s Sensory Dough Board for more inspiration on how to introduce sensory play doughs to your children.  Here are this month’s co-hosts and links through to their posts.  Such a great wealth of ideas on how to create, experiment and play with Scented Dough!

Lemon Lime Scented Cloud Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Taste Safe Chocolate Cinnamon Scented Sensory Dough | Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Rose Scented Flower Dough | It’s A Long Story
Red Velvet Chocolate Scented Play Doh and Valentine’s Themed Play |
Rose Scented Dough | The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Peaches & Cream Coconut Oil Playdough | Powerful Mothering
Lemonade Playdough | Preschool Inspirations
Ice Cream Play Dough Invitation | Study at Home Mama
Invitation to create Jasmine Tea Playdough | Squiggles and Bubbles
Music Inspired Vanilla & Chocolate Scented Dough | Witty Hoots
Green Nature Scented Dough | Peakle Pie
Edible Scented Salt-Free Rainbow Play Dough | Preschool Powol Packets
Fruity Scented Dough | In The Playroom
Citrus Orchard Play Dough with printable | Therapy Fun Zone
Epsom Salt Rose Dough | Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Green Tea Scented Play Dough | Still Playing School
Grape Kool-Aid Scented Play Dough | Stir the Wonder
Body Wash Scented Play Dough | Sugar Aunts
Pink Lemonade Play Dough | The Pleasantest Thing
Calming Lavender Scented Sensory Dough | Raising Lifelong Learners



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