We must not forget the children....NO, they will gnaw at our legs if we do. lol Here is the perfect gift for any child!
My son is a play dough addict. One year, I asked everyone in our family to buy him play dough for Christmas, that's all. After investing thousands in Play-doh (should have bought stock) lol, I decided I would use that preschool teacher brain of mine and make my own. No more store bought for us! Homemade play dough washes out way better than store bought and it's VERY cheap.
I plan on giving these to Ethan's cousins (along with 2 other handmade gifts) this Christmas. These are perfect for your child's classmates too!! You can get a lot for your money. Lets get started shall we?
small plastic container (ziploc has some-6 for $2)
label or stickers (print your own or use the freebies to the left)
Cellophane bags (found mine for $1.50 for 20)
play dough (see recipe)
cookie cutter (optional-but they can be found 6 for $1 @TARGET)
A while back, I was frantically searching for some kid crafts for my son and I found this website: the Crafty Crow . This place is a lifesaver! This is where I found the recipe for chocolate play dough. Yes, I said chocolate!! Ever since, that is all my son will ask for. It makes your house smell delish- so, I really don't mind!
My son is old enough to refrain from eating it.... If the child you plan to give this to can't, please substitute the cocoa for food coloring of your choice. We use what ever we have on hand...like organic wheat flour and expensive Whole Foods cocoa...grrr! I encourage you to use what you have. ;)____________________________________
Chocolate Play Dough
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
Mix dry ingredients in a medium size pot. Add wet ingredients and stir together over low heat until a ball of dough forms. Remove play dough from pot and knead by hand until dough is smooth and evenly colored. Store in airtight container.
Gingerbread Play Dough
SAME recipe as above-omit the cocoa powder and add 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon ginger.
Easy as pie! Okay, I will be back on Monday with the continuation of our Christmas workshop. Hope you enjoy your weekend. Oh, and if you are on Facebook, we just opened a Facebook fan page. Come say hello!