My almost 6 year old wanted to make playdough for his four year old cousin. I have many playdough recipes, but we decided to keep it simple because of a time restraint and because of other projects we are working on. So, we purchased white Playdough from Walmart and glitter and got to work! Originally, I saw "snow playdough" on Pinterest (of course!). You add white glitter to white playdough, knead it to distribute the glitter, and the end result looks like sparkling, glistening snow.
Well, that just wasn't enough color for my boys! I set them loose to experiment and make their own designs!
Did it make a mess? Yes, yes, and yes! But they had a blast and my nephew will love playing with this! The color and texture is very enticing and makes great sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers.
Then we tried candy cane playdough. We added a few drops of red food coloring, some red glitter, and a couple drops of peppermint oil to white playdough.
We put the finished playdough back in the original containers, but we're going to the dollar store to find some cute containers to put the different creations in.
Then it was my turn. While the kids were at school earlier this week, I made one of my favorite treats for teacher gifts. For ten years, I have been making Peppermint Bark, which can be quite pricey if you purchase it at a candy store or bakery. This recipe is so, so very easy, the results are stunning, and it is delicious and delectable! Here's what you do:
- Melt one (12 oz.) bag of chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate) in microwave. Follow the directions for melting on the package.
- Place wax paper on a cookie sheet. Pour the melted chocolate onto the wax paper and use a spoon to swirl and spread out the chocolate until it is about 1/4" thick.
- Place in freezer or fridge until hard.
- While the chocolate is "setting", take about ten candy canes, place in a ziplock bag, and use a rolling pin to crush into tiny pieces.
- Melt one (12 oz) bag of white chocolate chips in microwave.
- Once the milk chocolate has set and is hard, pour the melted white chocolate on top. Swirl with a spoon to spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the candy cane pieces on top, patting them down just a little into the chocolate.
Here 's what it looks like:
- Next, place the cookie sheet back into the freezer or fridge so the the white chocolate can set and harden.
- Finally, when the chocolate is hard, take out of fridge or freezer and use a butter knife to cut/break into small pieces.
I love the festive appearance and the irregular shaped pieces. Place them in a pretty tin, jar, or candy box for a sweet homemade gift!
We have a few more projects we will be working on this weekend. What are your favorite homemade gifts to make? I'd love to read your comments!
Happy first day of winter!!