One of my favorite crafty projects is making customized class Valentines for each of my kids. For me, they have all of the makings of a perfect project. I love taking on a project like this because I can’t procrastinate for too long or I will miss Valentine’s Day (Hello Motivation!). They are really simple and don’t take a lot of effort but turn out looking awesome. They also make me happy because my kids get to give a rockin’ Valentine to all of their friends. No store bought Valentine’s in this house! Plus, they are just so darn cute.
This year inspiration struck when I was making Kool-Aid play dough for my toddler. The dough turned out so pretty and smelled great. I thought it would be so much fun to give each friend their own container of pretty, yummy smelling play dough. My big kids have been having a lot of fun playing with brother’s play dough and thought this was a great idea as well.
I really love that this is a non-edible Valentine. It feels like my kids always come home with so much candy from exchanging Valentine’s. I always appreciate when a friend gives them something other than candy. The absolute best part of the whole project is that each Valentine only costs about 33 cents each!!
I am excited to share these “A-Doh-Able” Class Valentine’s with you!
All you need to do is fill each cup with a small amount of the play dough. I was able to make 10 portions of play dough with each batch. Then trim each Valentine into a square and attach to the top of the condiment cup with a glue dot. So simple, right?
I blinged mine up a little bit by adding a black paper border, filling in the “A-Doh-Able” with a glitter pen, and adding a few rhinestones. You can use the printable just as it is, or you can bling them up like I did. Use your imagination and have fun customizing the Valentine’s however you’d like.
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I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have sharing it with you! If you make these “A-doh-able” Valentine’s, I’d love to see pictures or hear how it went.
I find myself in wonder watching my older kids play with play dough or galactic putty. I set them up at the table and give them a few random “tools” like cookie cutters, forks, and a rolling pin. They will literally play for hours! With as much fun as the big kids have, I was wondering if my toddler would like to play with play dough as much as his big brother and sister do. I decided to make a batch of Kool-Aid play dough and find out.
I love this play dough recipe! It’s really easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to cook up a batch. I usually have all of the ingredients in my cupboard. AND…it smells so good! There are a ton of options for colors and scents.
Play Dough Recipe
1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Salt
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tarter
1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 Package Your Choice of Unsweetened Kool-Aid
1 Cup Water
Mix all ingredients in non-stick sauce pot, stir until there are no lumps
Place pan over medium-low heat and stir constantly
Mixture will start to stick together and form a dough within a few minutes
After dough forms, remove from heat and turn dough out onto flour covered surface
Use Caution – It will be very hot. Gently knead in a small amount of flour until the dough is not sticky and reaches your desired consistency
Your yummy smelling play dough is ready! Have fun! Be sure to store it in an airtight container between the fun.
My toddler loved the play dough! I set him up with the dough, a small rolling pin, a child fork and a cookie cutter at his highchair. He played for a good 30 minutes before losing interest (distraction free dinner prep time here I come!!!). He did try once to put it in his mouth and didn’t like the results so learned quickly it wasn’t something he wanted to eat. In addition to keeping him occupied and having fun, I think it will help him with developing fine motor skills.
Even though I made the play dough for my toddler, my big kids were really excited to get to help him play with it. I had to keep an eye on my toddler’s share of play dough because slowly it started to dwindle as big brother or sister “helped” him make something with his play dough.
I hope you’ll have as much fun as we have with this super easy kool-aid play dough recipe! Be sure to stay connected to all of the great ideas from The Crafty Organized Mom by signing up for updates. When you do, you’ll also grab a free copy of our Family Meeting Guide + Meeting Printable!