As a parent, every one of your child’s first is special.
The first time they smiled at you, the first time they said mama, the first time you mended their knee with a bandage and a kiss…each first is amazing and has a special place in your heart.
In a week, my little girl will be participating in her first Christmas gift exchange at school.
I know, I know. Gift exchanges are so common and to us adults, sometimes it is more of a chore than a fun activity. But to a 3 year old, giving a gift to a friend and getting a gift in return is exciting stuff!
So as a mother who wants to make this memorable for her child, I had to come up with an easy homemade gift idea.
Elle had so much fun with her Sparkly Snowman Playdough last week, I thought her little friend at school would enjoy it too. After all, what child doesn’t love play dough?
And so, we created this snowman play dough kit and we made one for each of her friend (it appears she only has 5 friends….)
Originally, I was going to use mason jars for this project but after digging through the kitchen, I found a few salsa and pasta sauce jars that was just sitting there so why not use them instead? I gave the jars a really good wash and removed the glue left from the label with some adhesive remover and they’re as good as new.
The night before we put this together, I made 2 batches of white play dough and put in lots of silver glitter. The next day, I set out the playdough and the rest of the supplies on the table for my girl to put together.
For the snowman’s face, we gathered some ribbons, match sticks, googly eyes, beads, and cloves, and put them in little craft ziplock bags.
Then we rolled the white playdough into balls and stuffed them in the jar. We found it was kind of hard to stuff an actual round ball into the jar so we had to flatten the sides a bit to make it into a cylinder.
After the 2 balls are in the jar, we topped it off with the zip lock bags of supplies and put the lid on.
For the hat, I used black fabric and tied it on with a black pipe cleaner. Then we trimmed the hat to make it circular.
The little girl had the most fun sticking on the snowman’s eyes and nose. To make this messy free, I used glue dots instead of a glue gun or white glue.
She then picked out the snowman’s scarf and I helped her tie and glue it on.
And there! Isn’t this one of the cutest homemade gift ideas made by a kid? The little girl is so excited, she can’t wait to give it to her friend in a week =)
More Gifts In A Jar Ideas
Check out Creative Playhouse and Play Dr Mom for their version of snowman in a jar.
Sugar Aunts has a DIY Sugar Body Scrub in a jar.
Creekside Learning made gifts of Hot Chocolate in a Mason Jar with Dipping Spoons.
Childhood 101 has a very meaning gift in a jar called a ‘happy jar‘.
The Good Long Road has a lovely lavender body scrub that you could put in a jar as gifts.