I never know what to get my many nieces and nephews for their birthdays. For the four that live near me, I have started to DO something with them instead of giving a tangible gift. They love it and I love it! Some of the things we've made are a big cupcake, Oreo balls, chocolate mud, and mini cinnamon rolls.
But what can I do for the ones that live in another state? A search of Pinterest brought me this great idea: Playdough Kits! I made up a bunch and am sending them in someone's luggage.
On the ziplock bag I wrote the recipe:
1) combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 pkg Kool-Aid, and 2 Tbs oil in a big bowl
2) add 1 cup boiling water
3) stir with a wooden spoon until cool enough to handle
4) knead by hand until totally mixed
Here you can see everything included in the bag:
The flour and salt are mixed in a small peanut butter jar. That jar is the perfect size to store the finished dough.
The oil is in a small plastic breast milk storage bottle.
I also included a small playdough mold I happened to have (from buying these in the past) and a tongue depressor. (Craft sticks are the best, cheap little tool to use for cutting, pressing, and poking playdough. Plus, the jar is just a little too deep to make digging it out with your fingers easy or comfortable-so use the stick.)
I hope they enjoy it. And I hope they think of how much their Auntie Shirley loves them while they help their parents mix up their dough.