Making Hot Cocoa – The Polar Express

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Making Hot Cocoa: A Book-Based Activity (The Polar Express)As I got out our box of Christmas books, seeing The Polar Express #afflink reminded me of the fun times I had as a child making hot cocoa.  And then, I realized that Toby has never made hot cocoa.  Sure, we’ve made warm milk on the stove, and stirred in cinnamon, but that’s not quite the same.  So, for this Christmas Read and Play activity, I decided that our book-based activity would be making hot cocoa.  And reading The Polar Express while drinking it, of course!

So, I gathered our supplies… we filled up the electric tea kettle #afflink (I love this thing!) with water and turned it on.  As the water heated, we got out tea cups, spoons, and hot cocoa powder.  Then finally, I got our our milk (if you store things in mason jars, these pour spout lids #afflink are awesome).

As he always does in the kitchen, Toby had fun scooping, dumping, and stirring the hot cocoa.  I even let him assist with pouring the piping hot water from the kettle into the tea cups (very closely supervised, of course).  Once the hot water and the cocoa were in the cup, Toby stirred vigorously and gleefully.  Once all the powder had been incorporated, I then had him help me pour in some milk to cool it down.  As a side note, next time we do this I may heat the milk on the stove… hot cocoa always tastes richer when made with milk as a base.

Still warm, but now not too hot, Toby’s hot cocoa was ready for tasting.  He had a few sips, and decided it would taste better with raisins in it.  Go figure.  My son loves to experiment in the kitchen, just like his Daddy.

Once the raisins were added, we curled up by the fire with our hot cocoa and our stack of Christmas books.  What fun!



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8 Responses

  1. Emma

    He must feel so grown up to do it all himself! Cocoa is a great addition to any favorite story! 🙂

  2. Carolyn Wilhelm

    Thank you for the many helpful photos and showing how children can be involved in this activity. Such a fun book.

  3. Sandi

    Warm cocoa makes everything just that much better.

  4. Betsy Finn

    Emma, he actually was telling me to be careful about the hot water, and that he could pour it himself. So cute (but I still helped hold the tea kettle 😉 )

  5. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Carolyn! My son is really into trains, so I thought this book would be perfect for the read and play 🙂

  6. Betsy Finn

    Agreed, Sandi!