It is a sad state in the educational system that homemade treats are no longer permitted at school holiday parties. This is especially true for Middle-Class Martha, whom has hundreds of chocolate molds for all occasions. Valentine’s Day being one of my favorites.
I dislike that parents substitute the lack of homemade treats with mountains of Candy. Enough Simple Carbohydrates to produce a Sugar Rush and then CRASH to Rival any stock market volatility in our country’s history.
Two years ago, I decided to make the kids’ Homemade Play-dough Valentines instead of buying candy treats. They are pretty and contain ZERO Sugar. We cut the dough into heart shapes and stamped them with craft stamps and non-toxic ink. We wrapped each one in a plastic bag with ribbons and the kids LOVED THEM! I was asked to create a station for my Pre-K child’s class party and the whole class got to design and take home their own. It was a huge hit.
I am not anti-sugar. I just don’t like to see an entire hawaiian sugar-cane plantation’s worth of treats on my son’s plate at a holiday party. My kids still attach a little candy with their Valentines sometimes but I don’t buy 30 cupcakes for the classroom parties anymore. With all the Chocolate, Cookies and Sweetheart conversation candy, people forget… You don’t need Sugar to celebrate Love
Middle-Class Martha doesn't do anything middle of the road.
Kayden dressed like a Rock Star for Valentines Day with his Valentines Stage Box!
We got the foam pieces at Michael's Craft Store.
Kayden's Valentines were Guitars attached to Pop Rocks!
Play-dough Treats for the class party instead of Cupcakes.
Homemade Play-Dough Valentine Recipe:
6 cups Flour
3 cups Salt
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
6 cups Water
10 drops food coloring
2 packets of Kool-aid
Combine Dry ingredients in a large pan
Add Vegetable oil and stir
Color the water before adding to the pan (this makes sure your play-dough is evenly colored)
I like to heat the water in the microwave to decrease dissolving time.
Add food coloring (I like the darker pink color food coloring makes)
Add Kool-aid (I like the smell of Cherry Kool-aid)
We used sugar-free Kool-Aid sticks.
Add Kool-Aid mixture to the dry ingredients in the Pot.
Stir constantly and heat over medium heat until a ball of dough forms
COOL the play-dough then knead on a floured surface
The kids will not be able to keep there hands out of the warm play-dough.
Roll out play-dough.
Cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter.
Stamp with craft stamps and non-toxic ink.
Wrap in Plastic bags (play-dough will dry out otherwise.)
Store the rest of your play-dough in an air-tight container.