Monday, December 8, 2014

the gift of play dough

Homemade play dough has become our 
go-to gift for friends.

It's inexpensive and easy to make.

The recipient will have a ball 
while strengthening his or her fine motor skills.
(Sorry - once a Montessori teacher, always a Montessori teacher!)

Ultimately, it can be composted or thrown away, the container recycled.

Plus, nothing beats giving a gift that 
you made with your very own hands, right?!!
(Just ask Elise - she was nearly bursting with pride 
watching her friend unwrap the snowman on the left 
- she made the one on the right for herself, of course!)

To make the snowman play dough,
and kneaded in some silver glitter and a splash of peppermint extract at the end.

In addition to the sparkly dough, we put together a few snowman supplies:

googly eyes,
twig arms,
felt scarves,
and carrot noses (cut golf tees and toothpicks).

Of course, we had to put the snowman play dough in snowman jars
- thank you Eltern vom Mars!

In the photo at the top of the post, the jars are wearing knitted hats,
but if you're not a knitter - or you just don't want to spend your precious time knitting hats for jars -
try cutting off the toe of a single sock and gluing a pom pom to the top.
(The sock hat pictured above came off an extremely cute, child-made sock snowman 
we purchased at a craft fair this weekend.)

Happy gifting!


  1. Love the play dough snow men and jar! What a great gift idea!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! So nice to hear from you! :)

  2. What a nice idea! I need to make a fresh batch of playdough!

  3. Lol) They look so cute and funny

  4. What a great idea! I see this in Cara's future!


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