Picture of A Hot Chocolate Prop For Children's Role-Play
#2 son came home from school with a request for an old mug. His teacher said it was to be filled with fake hot-chocolate for a role-play corner about penguins (I guess even they feel the cold eventually), and would be ruined as a cup.

Ten second's inspiration, and twenty minute's work later, I'd saved the teacher a job.

Step 1: Materials and tools

Picture of Materials and tools
The teacher's plan (according to #2 son) was to fill the whole mug with brown-stained glue. That sounded wasteful, so I decided to provide the bulk of the "hot chocolate" with scrap.

  • Mug - any old mug will do, preferably plastic in case of accidents.
  • An old drink-can.
  • Something sharp to cut the can.
  • Some polystyrene packing (from under a frozen pizza).
  • PVA glue.
  • Cocoa powder.
  • Something to stir the glue.
  • Hot-glue gun.

You will also need materials to clean up - warm water, tissue and cotton-buds proved perfect.
CamWaite6 years ago
very cool but I foresee practical jokes if you use this in a classroom, but where did you get that penknife!!
Kiteman (author)  CamWaite6 years ago
I won it in a past Instructables contest.
PVA Glue....hehehe I had to Google it...Man, I've been using it for years, had no idea that is it's name...PVA Glue=White glue=elmers.... Great instructable !!
Matt4_167 years ago
interesting, but why not just use a cup of hot chocolate (or cold if the kids are really young) as a prop , ..... too messy????
Kiteman (author)  Matt4_167 years ago
Too messy - it was made to be left in the "home" corner, which was dressed up to be "somewhere cold".
home depot sells somthing like it as doe QVC and most camping stores its called a multitool when yu ask some one about it
no, custom. notice the name on it.
Kiteman (author)  James (pseudo-geek)7 years ago
I won it in the last-but-one Valentine's contest. It's a Leatherman Juice XE6, laser-engraved. Actually, it's about time they were offered as prizes again...
I'll say!
Kiteman (author)  James (pseudo-geek)7 years ago
It was a prize from Instructables, from last year's Valentine contest (I distilled my own perfume oils).
ah ok. can you buy them?
Kiteman (author)  James (pseudo-geek)7 years ago
No, but if you buy an ordinary Leatherman online, you can get them laser-engraved with the text of your choice for free.
btw I saw that instructable you did, I liked it.
like... REI
Kiteman (author)  Chomblebrown7 years ago

Er... pardon?
Cool, it's also a good prank. "Accidentally" knock the cup onto something important of your victim, just to see their reaction.
ooo nice idea.
LinuxH4x0r7 years ago
Nice work! Great instructable as always kiteman!
Nice job Kiteman, all your stuff rules! :-)
IdahoDavid7 years ago
cute prop - a squirt of the expanding foam used to fill cracks might have provided a neat effect, too
Kiteman (author)  IdahoDavid7 years ago
Good idea, but I just used what I had to hand.
jnixon7 years ago
Very cool! I suppose you could make doll house accessories this way too.