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Monday, January 17, 2011

{a playdough party with This Little Project}

Hi, I'm Jedda from This Little Project. I'm honored to be a guest here today. I'm lucky to have actually met Kierste and for how fun her blog is, she is even more fun in person!

I have three small children and some of our favorite memories come from the {Little Projects} we've done together. With it being winter, I have the perfect {Little Project} to share that will chase away winter boredom blues:

A Playdough Party!

Not the regular stuff. This playdough smells delicious, and SPARKLES!

{This Little Project} actually started out as a bribe (did I just admit that?) I told my kids that if they finished a (big) chore we would have a playdough party. It took a few days, but it worked! And we've had three parties now. The first time it was just us. The word "party" automatically makes something more fun-right?

But we had so much fun that first time that I knew we needed to share it with friends. Right now it is sooo cold where we live and I thought that a playdough party would be the perfect indoor playdate. But, a bigger group meant we needed A LOT more playdough. I felt like a kid doing a science project trying a bit of this and that for recipes and made a bunch of different kinds (including chocolate and SPARKLES!) and ended up with some favorites that we used for our playdough party that I will share with you!

Plus, to go with {This Little Project} I made some easy party favors so the kids could take some playdough home too. I'm excited to share all the fun we had doing {This Little Project} with you!

First, the playdough!

To make {This Little Project} you need:
cream of tartar
vegetable oil
Plus the "mix-ins" of your choice:
food coloring
extracts (peppermint, orange, lemon, coconut, almond, etc.)
cocoa powder

In honor of this being Brown Paper Packages, I made brown recipe card printables for you with the details of how to make FOUR different kinds of playdough!

On the printables, you'll find recipes for:

Sparkle playdough,
Scented Playdough,
Chocolate Playdough,
and Kool-aid Playdough.

Plus, you can combine them and make your sparkle playdough smell like peppermint or oranges!

Chances are you either have little ones at home, grandkids that visit, or little people for neighbors that can appreciate all the squishy goodness of scented and sparkled playdough so feel free to share them with a friend!
And here are the Party Favors!!

I love to repurpose things and {This Little Project} came right from my "invention box." These party favors are perfect for sending home some of their favorite "flavors" of playdough. Plus, the monogram makes it personal. Oh, and I'm in love with tulle right now! Did I mention these are EASY and INEXPENSIVE to make?

To make {This Little Project} you need:

Stickers or Stamps to make the monogram
paper bag (like from the grocery store)
circle punch (size 1.75" or 2")
tulle (3" by 11")
Baby food jars (I used the larger jars for 2 or 3 "flavors" or dough. But you could use the smaller jars too.)

To assemble the Party Favors:

Punch your circles out of the bag.

Then add the monogram letter for each child coming to your playdough party in the centers of the circles.

Use a little tape under the circle to stick it to the baby food jar.

Then roll up a few balls of playdough to fit inside, tie your tulle around the center, and you're done.

With these and the printable recipe cards above, you are ready to PARTY!

These jars keep the playdough from drying out but they are
so much cuter than a ziplock bag :)

Thanks for letting me visit today! I hope you'll come by and say hi, and maybe pick up a {Little Project} idea too! Kierste, thanks having me and for sharing all the playdough fun!



A huge thank you to Jedda! I knew I had to have her share this super cute idea with you as soon as I saw it. Seriously...HOW fun is not only sparkly playdough, but scented, too?

I hope you will head on over to {this little project} and check out all of her fantastic ideas. She really is one of the most creative and talented people I've ever had the pleasure to meet, and I think you'll agree with me!



Blogger Sinister Soaps said...

What a cute idea for a party! I've been wanting to make our own playdough.. maybe now is the time. We need more play dates. Though, I don't think using glass jars will be a good idea for us. Maybe I'll pick up some tins.

January 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

I love it!! How cute!! My little boy is turning 3 next month and this would be a great idea for his birthday party!! I love how it turned out!


January 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really cute! It's great too that you could color coordinate to match the party colors. If you didn't want to use the glass jars, I know a lot of baby foods come in little plastic containers that would work as well.

January 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tabitha said...

What a cute idea. We just had a toy story bday party yesterday and this would have been a fun craft. The kids made their own pizzas instead. (you know like pizza planet LOL) Thanks for the idea. Always looking for snow days and indoor activities. TFS

January 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

i used to teach preschool and i made a new playdough each month just like that that coordinated with the holidays. the peppermint was our favorite, it is like a spa treatment rolling the peppermint playdough in our hands. for january we kept it white and put it in the fridge each night so it was cold the next day. we used pumpkin pie spice for thanksgiving, black gel food coloring for halloween. there are so many possibilities!! love it!

January 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Thoughts from my Page said...

What a great idea for a party and the clay will last a long time if kelpt refridgerated.

January 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Wow. Glitter would have been the perfect edition to the valentine color themed play dough I just sent off to my son's class for February.

January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger rebecca said...

This is the cutest idea ever! I love this. I think I'm gonna try this for my daughter and when we need a cute little gift idea for school or a party for her. You are soooo crafty!
I'm a new follower and love this blog.

February 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

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