Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for Classmates: Playdough & Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter (+ 3 Homemade Playdough Recipes)


Here is an EASY and super inexpensive Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for your Kiddos to give their classmates this year.

You can make these up for about $.50 each if you have a Dollar Tree near you.

I made up a batch of Homemade Playdough with a TOTALLY new recipe. I will include my new recipe as well as the other 2 recipes I have featured on the blog. You could always BUY playdough if you don’t want to make your own. My kids are not picky…the love all things playdough.

What You Need (& my cost):

Small Plastic Treat Bags ($1 for 24 bags)

Valentine’s Day Ribbon $1

Heart/Lip Shaped Cookie Cutters (Pack 5 for $1 or $.20 each)


Super Soft Homemade Playdough Recipe:

Box of Cornstarch ($1)

Unscented Bottle of Lotion ($1)

1 Pack of Strawberry Kool-Aid ($.20)

All Purpose Flour (pennies)

You should be able to pick up everything at your local Dollar Tree.  I would say you should be able to make about 8-10 treat bags per batch of Playdough.

I know this sounds like an Odd recipe and I had my doubts… but it worked…well once I added the flour. My oldest son said “This is really soft playdough.” It is. It does have the classic playdough texture…there is something just a bit different about it.



Dump your box of corn starch into a large bowl and then start adding your lotion. I found this recipe after my trip to the Dollar Tree, so I just used the lotion I had on hand….it did take about a whole bottle.  Mix, mix and mix. I added a couple tablespoons of flour to firm it up a bit and then I added one pack of Strawberry Kool-Aid for the nice pink color. I recommend grabbing the unscented lotion so your playdough will smell like the Kool-Aid flavor. Since I had Baby Lotion on hand…well our play dough smelled of Baby.

I do not know how long this recipe will keep…but I would think it would last a while. I would recommend using this for older kids who will not be tempted to sample the play dough…if you have a taste tester on your hands you can use this Homemade Playdough Recipe or this recipe for Homemade Kool-Aid Playdough.

Lotion Playdough Recipe adapted for this recipe

The Idea was inspired by this pin on Pinterest

Please check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board for more Valentine’s Day Ideas!

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