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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.
 
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Step 1: 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.

Step 2: The Bulk of the Chocolate.

Trim the can to the height you need with the sharp thing - use the bottom of the can, upside-down.

Make it tall enough to fill up at least half the mug, but short enough to prevent children's lips touching the chocolate too often when it's in use (to cut the risk of passing infections).

Be careful of the sharp edges.

Press the mug into the polystyrene to mark a circle for trimming. Cut out a disc that will fit snugly in the mug.

Use the hot-glue to tack the can into the mug (it wouldn't do for the hot chocolate to rattle and clang, would it?). Put a ring of hot-glue on top of the can, and then quickly press the disc into place, keeping it as level as you can.
CamWaite5 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)  CamWaite5 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_166 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_166 years ago
Too messy - it was made to be left in the "home" corner, which was dressed up to be "somewhere cold".
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR CUSTOM MULTI-TASK PURPLE TOOL THING!!!!!!!?????? I sooooo want one!!!!!!
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)6 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)6 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)6 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.
alright.
btw I saw that instructable you did, I liked it.
like... REI
Kiteman (author)  Chomblebrown6 years ago
REI

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.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice work! Great instructable as always kiteman!
Nice job Kiteman, all your stuff rules! :-)
IdahoDavid6 years ago
cute prop - a squirt of the expanding foam used to fill cracks might have provided a neat effect, too
Kiteman (author)  IdahoDavid6 years ago
Good idea, but I just used what I had to hand.
jnixon6 years ago
Very cool! I suppose you could make doll house accessories this way too.