Snowman In A Jar Playdough Kit – Gifts In A Jar Ideas

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….)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For the snowman’s arms, we cut some pipe cleaners and stuck it on with a couple glue dots. Make sure to turn the ends of the pipe cleaners in as it can be sharp.

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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 =)

Happy gifting!

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Eva Lewis -

That is the most gorgeous gift idea ever! Thanks for linking up on Mummy Mondays :)

Meredith Magee Donnelly -

Amy, these are the cutest!! Thanks for sharing. I will be sharing this week!

Dayna D Abraham -

Love this idea. Anything with Mason jars has my vote!

Afterschooling for Smarty Pants -

I really love how they turned out! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Maria Enns -

What a fun gift idea for an exchange! It’s so fun to involve kids in the making!

The Educators' Spin On It -

Thank you so much for stopping by our FB Playful Preschool Share day. I’d love to make these for our friends. I have shared a link back to this post here http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2013/12/preschool-reindeer-crafts-and-learning.html

Joyfull Kids -

These are so cute! I love this idea!!

Tarrie Leach Hofman -

Love this idea! However, Amy, you might want to say non-toxic play dough. Edible gives the idea that it would be fun and tasty to eat. I was a pre-school teacher and I have an edible dough recipe if you would like it. Just thought I would give you some helpful advice. Tarrie

Jennifer Fischer -

I LOVE this snowman in a jar gift. What a great idea! Thanks for including our lavender body scrub. It’s reminding me that we should make some again!

Carrie Embleton Pericola -

These are so cute!! I love them! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

Nerdy Science -

Super cute idea!

Angela Thayer -

These are sooo sooo adorable! Love it! Thanks for joining the Toddler & preschool Moms Pinning Party!

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Ashley Wheeler -

I love this idea! I have found the gift for her class. I think I might try to add some silvery white glitter to the play-doh to make it sparkle like the snow. Has anyone tried something like that?

Ashley Wheeler -

I love this idea! I have found the gift for her class. I think I might try to add some silvery white glitter to the play-doh to make it sparkle like the snow. Has anyone tried something like that?

Michelle Ewing-Brown -

I teach pre k & was just looking for a way to reinvent my Playdo gift. Thanks for creative packaging !

Evelyn Vazquez -

Wow thay are too cute.

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Aybeniz Tahirova -

Excellent idea . Thanks

S Rachel H Perry -

Cute idea…thanks Justine for sharing.

Victoria Armijo -

Such a great idea! Thank you for stopping by and linking to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! You were featured as one of my favorites last week :)

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Fang Lynk -

How cute

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Martine Houle -

Quelle bonne idée, originale, merci.

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