Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough

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I have always wanted to make homemade gifts for Christmas, but each year comes and goes and I am either too busy it seems or run down to the wire and don’t have enough time to pull it off!

This year, now that my daughter is 15 months, I want to tackle making homemade gifts for Christmas! Not only is it more sentimental, in my opinion, it is also cheaper and great for saving money during the holiday season! Now that I am a stay/work at home mom, saving extra money has been a huge priority for us this year!

I also like gifts that serve a duel purpose, especially for kids! Fun, yet educational and that help them in their development as children! I guess my background as an Occupational Therapy Assistant gets me thinking this way!

So when I was thinking of what I could make for all the kids on my gift list this year, I thought of something recent that we tried that my daughter has loved: homemade play dough!! If you have never made homemade play dough before I highly encourage you to do it! It is SO easy to make and you already probably have most of the ingredients in your house! I made this special Christmas version for you all today!

Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough for Kids

This gift is perfect for any kids on your list, including those who have special needs! Just make sure you check with their parents first to make sure that the peppermint smell will be tolerated well!

Homemade Peppermint Scented Play dough for Kids

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp cream of tartar

2 tsp. peppermint extract

1 1/2 cups boiling water

8-10 drops green food coloring


Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and peppermint extract together.

Add boiling water (you can add in batches) and mix with a spoon until everything is combined.

After mixture has cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead on the counter until it is not sticky anymore. You may need to add flour or water as you go, but just use your judgement with that.

After it has turned into a play dough like consistency, add the 8-10 drops of food coloring and kneed until the color is well distributed.

Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough for Kids - Directions

To wrap this up as a gift, you can do it two ways. One way, I used a mason jar and decorated the lid. If you have child that prefers to actually open something by unwrapping it, then I give you an option for that as well!

Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough for Kids - PackagingTo use the mason jar you just need wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and a jar! Take the lid out of the ring and draw a circle on the back side of the wrapping paper. Cut it out with your scissors and then put pieces of tape on the bottom. Press this down on the lid and insert it back into the ring. Then twist it onto the jar after putting your play dough inside! This is a great way to keep the play dough from drying out as well!

I tied a bow around the lid and added a gift tag sticker!

Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough 3For the child who would rather unwrap their gifts, you can wrap the play dough in cooking plastic wrap, tape the bottom, and then wrap again with Christmas wrapping paper.

Homemade Peppermint Scented Playdough For Kids - Packaging 2I love giving gifts like this, especially to children, because not only is it fun for them, but they are also learning and exploring their world through their 5 senses with this simple handmade gift!

Skills they are using with this gift are:

  • Fine Motor skills (rolling, using cookie cutters, etc)
  • Sensory exploration (smell, sight, taste *although it won’t taste great, haha*, touch)
  • Bilateral Coordination (using both sides of the body together, such as using the rolling pin)

Have a fun & frugal Merry Christmas!

This post is part of the 25 Frugal Days of Christmas and was written by Heather from Golden Reflections Blog.

Heather Greutman is a Christian wife, mother, homeschool graduate, blogger, and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman with all her “words fitly spoken like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11. She blogs at Golden Reflections Blog where she writes about Christian Montessori inspired homeschool with an Occupational Therapy twist! You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions
Day 9: Bringing the 12 Days of Christmas to Life for your Spouse
Day 9 {2}: A Frugal Family Christmas Tradition
Day10: Frugal Gift Idea: DIY Christmas Crackers
Day 10 {2}: 6 Ways to Repurpose Kids Art for Christmas
Day 11: Repurposed, Reused, Free and Frugal Christmas Decor
Day 12: Frugal Gift Idea: Favorite Things Memory Box
Day 12 {2}: Frugal Family Christmas Tradition Ideas
Day 13: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas
Day 14: Frugal Christmas Ornament for Kids
Day 15: Christmas Lights Drive {with printable awards}
Day 16: Frugal Gift Idea: Food!
Day 17: 4 DIY Christmas Crafts/Decorations

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