Valentine’s Play Dough

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This morning I got motivated to make my daughter’s Valentine’s to give to her fellow preschool friends.  She goes to a special-ed preschool class 4 times a week.  A child in her class has a nut allergy, so I wanted to steer clear of candy or snacks, just to be safe.  My daughter loves play dough, so it’s a perfect Valentine for her to share with her friends.

Since she is in a special-ed class for 3 and 4 year olds, there is only 7 of them total in the class.  I doubled this recipe to get the 6 Valentines you see pictured above.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cups salt
food coloring
1 1/2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. cream of tarter
1 3/4 cups flour
+ optional glitter (about 1 tsp.)

Directions:
1. In a large pot, combine the water and salt over medium heat.  Stir well.  Add food coloring.  (To get the color pink I have, use 10 drops of red food coloring for each batch you make).
2. Add oil and cream of tarter.  Stir until dissolved.
3. Add flour.  Stir over medium heat until the dough starts to “set.”
4. Remove from heat.  Place on a lightly floured surface.  (I use a cookie sheet).
5. If your mixture it too hot, let it sit for a couple minutes.  Then knead the dough until the texture is smooth.  If necessary, add additional flour to get to a play dough consistency.

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A few notes…
I found those cute little bags at Dollar Tree today.  They had a package of 40 “treat bags” for $1!  SCORE!  As mentioned, I doubled the recipe above to get the 6 little bags of play dough.  There is just under 1 cup of play dough in each bag.  For a point of reference, the heart shape in the photographs made out of play dough is the amount of play dough in each bag.  You could use a smaller amount of play dough for each treat bag and get more bags out of each batch.  It’s up to you.  I needed 6 so I divided my play dough into 6 equal parts.

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Lastly, as I had clear address labels at home,  I printed the labels for the back.  I edited out my daughter’s and her friend’s names from the images.  You could simply take a sharpie and write the names and it would still look adorable!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

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