My kids go to public school, and a lot has changed in the school system since I was a kid. Gone are the days of homemade Valentine’s boxes and heart shaped cards laden with candy. At the the school my children attend, we have been reduced to a white lunch sacks for the Valentine’s Day box, and absolutely no food related treats. I completely understand the purpose behind the
madness rules, however it is quite difficult to get into the spirit of the day with all of these restrictions! In an effort to bring some creativity back to the day (an to avoid giving pencils, erasers, and tattoos AGAIN), my boys and I created a fun little Valentine made from baby food containers and homemade play dough. These were a huge hit last year, and I had several moms ask if they could copy the idea for this year. Sure thing ladies! Enjoy!
- Plastic baby food containers like like these from Gerber. Washed and dried. Note: if you don’t have access to these you can use the large sized clear resealable jewelry bags from Michaels or Hobby Lobby
- Heart Stickers
- Labels or a card to attach to the valentines
- Ingredients for Playdough (see below)
Strawberry Sparkle Kool Aid Playdough Recipe (recipe found at playdough.com and adapted for this tutorial) Please note: This playdough is not edible
- 1 cup of water
- 3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 package of Strawberry Kool-Aid Mix (or any flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid)
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- Red Glitter
- Mix dry ingredients in a large/medium pan.
- Add water and oil.
- Stir over medium heat until it looks as playdough.
- The end result should have the color of your chosen kool aid.
- Remove play dough from pan and place on a piece of wax paper to cool.
- Once cooled, sprinkle with red glitter and kneed the dough until smooth.
- Divide dough evenly into two inch balls.
- Place balls of dough into clean and dry baby food containers or plastic bags and decorate with stickers and ribbon.
- Attach To: and From: label directly to the container or tie a cute card to the package with ribbon. Let your kids get creative with this step!