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I'm going to be posting a few more crafty (and kid-friendly) stocking stuffer gifts a little later in the week, so feel free to come back and check them out!
I'm really excited to share this creative and thrifty gift idea for the kiddos in your life!
The best part is that kids as young as 2 or 3 can make this gift for their friends and family members for less than a dollar each.
I came up with this idea when I needed a quick and easy activity for my Pioneer Girls (ages 8-10) for their "Creative Fun" badge. Their handbook suggested making homemade sidewalk chalk, but in past years it was incredibly messy and we had to wait until the next meeting for the chalk to dry. Plus, I wasn't impressed with the way the chalk worked on our own driveway this summer. I wanted to find a similarly fun and creative craft that could take its place, and I found the inspiration in this play dough mix from Heavenly Homemakers.
But I wanted to put my own spin on it. By using Kool-Aid, the color is already mixed in, so all the gift recipient has to do is add water. And since you don't have to cook it, even a very young child can help make the dough.
For my recipe, I halved flour and salt from the PreKinders Kool Aid Play Dough*, and it was just right to fit the containers I had purchased for the project.
* This list of play doughs from PreKinders is an excellent resource! However, we would not recommend the No-Cook Play Dough, as the oil causes it to become slimy after a few uses.
It is so easy to make these play dough mixes! You simply dump all three ingredients into the container...
...add the free printable label to the lid...
|The girls used fancy scrapbook scissors to cut out their labels.|
Here's what you need:
Kool Aid Play Dough Mix:You will need:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup table salt
- 1 pouch Kool Aid powder
- Small Plastic Containers (I used these from the Dollar Tree)
- Pour all ingredients into the container.
- Close the lid and shake to combine.
- Attach a Free Printable Label
- Give to a friend!
I stirred the mix and water with a wooden spoon until it was combined, and then I kneaded it a little on the counter. If the dough is a little sticky, just knead in a little all-purpose flour until it's the right consistency.
The result was a vibrant, scented dough that kept my Kiddo entertained for close to an hour! The finished dough fits perfectly inside the container with room to spare.
That means for under $3.00, I can make 4 containers of play dough mix!
I can guarantee that a set of these will be in Kiddo's stocking this Christmas. Are you giving any homemade gifts this year?