Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Candy Cane Play-Dough

A few weeks ago, I signed up for the treat bags for the girls' holiday party this Friday, for their class of 10 students. I spent some time searching for treat bag ideas that wouldn't fill them up with sugar, would be fairly inexpensive, and might possibly me look like one of those moms who is able to spend hours making awesome crafty stuff with their kids (which is a total lie - glitter and glue make me feel nauseous).


Anyway, my co-worker sent me a link to a blog that made candy cane play-dough...in mason jars. My first thought was, "my children would be the first to throw their jars, pick up shards, and decide to play tea party - making glass shards their crumpets". Negatory, ghost rider. After a bit of modification, and cutting costs (score!), I came up with a treat bag for a class of 10 that cost me (drumroll, please....) - $6.50. Yes, $6.50 total. Thank you, Dollar Tree & Hobby Lobby. 

Treat bags - $1
Pencils - $1
Erasers - $1
Play-dough containers - $1
Ring suckers - $1
Cookie Cutters (Hobby Lobby) - $4.99, on sale for 50% off, and I used a 40% off coupon - $1.50

Luckily, I had all of the ingredients necessary to make our own play-dough. If you don't, most are things that you'll end up using in your kitchen anyway. My co-worker also made the play-dough, and shared the peppermint oil that she bought (I think for $8 at Earth Fare). 

Here's what you'll need to make a batch of play-dough. This was more than enough to fill 10 - 3oz containers, and left me with two sizable containers to keep at home. I recommend making the white play-dough first, and then the red. That way you can use the same pot & spoon. 



Candy Cane Play-Dough - White:
2 cups water
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups salt
1.5 tbsp cream of tartar (not tartar sauce...trust me)
4 tbsp vegetable oil
Glitter - as much or as little as you like
5 drops peppermint oil

In at least a 2 qt pot, heat the water, salt, oil and cream of tartar over medium. Add at least 1 tbsp (or more!) of glitter (I chose silver) and about 5 drops of peppermint oil. Slowly stir in the flour. In a few minutes, your play-dough will start to solidify and pull away from the edge of the pot. Dump out on to your counter, and allow to cool. After a few minutes, kneed the play-dough and make sure there's enough glitter. Feel free to add more. Set aside and make the red batch. 

Candy Cane Play-Dough - Red:
2 cups water
2 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups salt
1.5 tbsp cream of tartar (not tartar sauce...trust me)
4 tbsp vegetable oil
Glitter - as much or as little as you like
5 drops peppermint oil
Red food coloring

Repeat the same instructions as the white play-dough, this time adding red food coloring to your mixture of water, salt, oil, and cream of tartar. As you add your flour, add more food coloring if necessary. I actually used about 1/3 of a container of red food coloring - and would have used more, but we ran out. I prefer to add the coloring to the mixture, instead of the final product, because I'd rather my spoon turn red, than my hands. 

After you have both batches complete, fill whatever containers you have with alternating colors. I actually let the girls do this (hence no two containers are exactly alike). You could even go all Martha Stewart and twist the play-dough into actual candy cane shapes. I added a mini cookie cutter to the play-dough, and had a cute, fun, non-sugar laden gift to hand out. Using child labor, we assembled the treat bags in no time!





4 comments:

  1. LOVE it! and *may* just be stealing the idea for my son's school :)

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  2. How cute! I can't wait til my baby gets to toddler/pre-school age so I can do fund stuff like this! Only like 3-5 years to go! lol

    Thanks for sharing!
    Rose
    threeandahalfbears.blogspot.com

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  3. My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. sounds great. And reminds me that I still need to get something for both kids classes.

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