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Snowman Kit in a Jar!

IMG_3105Sometimes you need a fast, easy, cheap (or free), super cute, and practical gift for a child. I guess that sounds like a lot of criteria to fill, BUT I came up with the perfect idea and I can’t wait to share it with you!

It’s no secret on this blog that I LOVE play dough. I love making it, I love all the possibilities it presents, and I love that my kids can keep busy with it for long periods of time. :-)

I also love invitations to play, but they require so many pieces it’s a hard thing to give as a gift—until today!

I present to you: Snowmen in a jar!

Aren’t they cute?!?!

I started by making THIS recipe, but I added 1 teaspoon peppermintIMG_3101extract. (Did you know they are selling it at Aldi right now? So cheap!!) After the play dough was cooked, I added a bunch of glitter while I kneaded it on the wax paper. Ta da! Snow!

One batch of play dough is the exact amount you need to fill 3 baby food jars.

Next I just used items I had around the house. You could use anything! I chose 3 small pom poms in matching colors to be the buttons for each snowman. Then I cut green pipe cleaners for arms—I got 10 out of 1 pipe cleaner to give an idea of length. Next, I cut red pipe cleaner in slightly smaller segments for the carrot. Beads would work for eyes, or googly eyes.

I’m sure there are lots of great possibilities, but I was just using what I had.

I put everything into baby food jars—free containers! Any little container would work though—even Ziploc bags. I used black fabric paint to make eyes and a smile and then I used orange for a big carrot nose. I colored the lid with a big, thick permanent marker to look like a hat.

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To fill the jars:

Divide one batch of play dough into 3 parts. Roll each part into the shape and size of a small, chubby hot dog and slowly lower it into the jar being sure to fill the entire thing. You might need to smush it in with your fingers to get the air out. It should fill the main part of the jar perfectly.

Next, I laid the decorations on the top of the play dough—there is the exact amount of space you need for them!

Screw the lid on and you have a fun, fast, easy, cheap (or free), super cute, and practical gift for a child!

-Lydia

 

Homemade Yogurt Bites and Apple Sauce Drops

My 18 month old is obsessed with yogurt bites. Have you seen those in the baby section at stores? Unfortunately, the bags are small and typically cost a minimum of $1.99 each! I also was concerned about their natural nutritional value considering that they really are a processed food of sorts. One day I saw something on Pinterest that made me think of another option. Why not make my own!?drops

To make yogurt bites or apple sauce drops simply snip a tiny corner off of a Ziploc bag. I did find that Ziploc works far better than fold top, though maybe you would be less messy than I am! Spoon a few tablespoons of yogurt or apple sauce or baby food into the bag, seal it and gently squeeze it toward your corner. Then dollop away!

For freezer space, I found that using a toaster oven tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper worked best. You could experiment around and see what works for you!


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    Once you have your tray filled with cute little dots, simply place it in the freezer. Since the drops are so small, it really only needs an hour—perfect for a post nap snack! My daughter LOVES the fact that they are frozen and cool in her mouth. The one downside is that they do thaw quickly, so I only give her a small pile at a time and always on a plate. I just pop them off with a big spatula.We have done various flavors of yogurt, apple sauce and leftover fruit baby foods. My toddlers love that they are always different and it’s a fun way to eat fruit!