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Kids’ Gift Basket

THE KIDS’ GIFT BASKET IS #5 IN MY SERIES: The 12 DIY Gifts of Christmas

Making your own playdough and slime are fun and easy, and you probably have most of the ingredients at home. If you look around the internet, there are dozens of recipes for each, but I’m going to give you mine because I made them when my kids were little, and I know they work!


When putting together this gift for whomever you want to give it to, I would suggest you put a couple of little recipe cards in the basket so that the parents can make more later. Also, kids really love helping to make these things, so if you are making these as a gift for friends or relatives, it would be fun to include them in making them.

I’m just going to be real with you for a minute. I promise you there is not another mother out there who enjoyed raising their kids more than I did, however, during the busy Christmas season, sometimes you don’t want to invite your kids to help make the slime or the playdough or the Christmas cookies or the fudge. Sometimes you are just trying to get it all done. But society makes us moms feel like we are supposed to make the most of every precious opportunity with our little ones. I give you permission to just get this stuff done in the quiet of your own thoughts. No helpers. You’re still a good mom!

I’m done ranting about the expectations put on mothers. I just wanted to tell you that I see you, I hear you, and I believe in you. I’ve got your back, all you young moms out there trying to DIY your way through Christmas! I’m really trying to give you practical ideas that you can make at home and not spend a zillion dollars.

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Anywho, back to the gift for the kids. Let’s start with the Playdough. The materials you will need are:

Materials Needed

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 tbls cream of tartar

2 cups water

3 tbls veg oil

Food coloring

Instructions for Playdough

  1. Mix All Dry Ingredients Together In A Bowl With A Wire Whisk Or A Fork.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add water oil and a few drops of food coloring.
  3. 3. Heat pan to low and add the dry ingredients.
  4. Continue to mix and heat the mixture until the ingredients come together to the consistency you want. You can also add more food coloring at any time.
  5. Make sure you keep your dough in an airtight container. Even a Ziploc bag will work if you remove all the air. You can hold off on adding the coloring until after the dough is cooked and then split it into several pieces and add a different color to each piece.


Next on the menu is the ever-popular slime. Again, easy-peasy. Here is the recipe that I use to make it.

Materials Needed

½ cup water

½ cup Elmer’s Glue

Color and/or glitterMica powder/colorant

¼ cup liquid starch

Instructions For Slime

  1. In a medium bowl, mix water, glue and coloring/glitter. Add liquid starch.
  2. The slime will immediately start to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Keep stirring until the liquid is gone and it is a blob of slime.
  3. Keep kneading the slime because it is very stringy at first and you’re going to think that you did something wrong. Nope. Hang in there because it will take a few minutes to come together, and you will see the normal slime consistency that you were hoping for.


Below I will put some links for the little jars/containers that I packaged the slime and playdough in. I purchased them all at Amazon.

2 ounce tin cans with clear window top

4 ounce glass jars with lids


I love the fact that it’s not the most expensive gift that kids are going to like the best. Our boys used to surprise me all the time. For instance, we would get them a remote-control car that they had asked for, and they were grateful for it. They loved it. But sometimes the toy they ended up spending the most time with on Christmas day was a plastic tube of little plastic dinosaurs that cost $5. You just never know.

The point I’m trying to make is that even though this particular DIY gift isn’t going to cost much, don’t discount its value to the child you give it to. It would be great to give this basket to one of your kids’ friends, a child of one of your friends, or one of your nieces or nephews.

I bought some simple plastic Christmas bins at Dollar Tree (they are white and say “Fresh Cut Trees”) and then I put separate little containers of slime and playdough, using different colors. I added a little Christmas cookie cutter set that I also bought at Dollar Tree. You can add a few coloring books and some markers or crayons, and this would be a really nice gift for one (or more) of the kids in your life.


I hope you have been following along with my 12 DIY Gifts series. Here’s my Christmas wish (if you’ve read this far)…  I would love some feedback. You can comment below, drop me an email or reach me at any of my social media links, located at the top of this blog or on the Home Page.

I question myself a lot with my content, and I would love to know if it’s helpful, if it resonates with you, and if there’s some other information, I could provide for you. Any comments, including constructive criticism, would be greatly welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by my website and for reading my words. I would love to know if you make any of these DIY gifts and which ones you like best, so far.

Have a great weekend, and celebrate some holiday family traditions!

Xoxo Teresa

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