Lego Party Favors

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I made a ton of these guys for the kids parties this year. We didn’t have a huge turnout for Arthur’s, and Chiara’s was cancelled due to bad behavior, so we are still playing with these funny little guys.

I started out by finding some Lego molds on Amazon. I had some huge issues getting them on time as it was a third party vendor, but the customer service people at Amazon are fabulous, and I got my molds finally.

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Then it was time to raid the crayon bag. At the end of the school year it’s just easier for me to throw whatever crayons survived into a gallon ziploc bag instead of having a ton of partially full boxes.

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The kids loved this part, at least at first. Apparently it gets boring after a while. You have to peel the papers off, then fill in your trays.

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First batch by the kids and I. I wanted to keep the mini figures solid colors, Chiara went multi colored for her brick crayons. Arthur stuck with blue and his favorite color, green.

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They come out of the oven all liquefied, after following the directions that came with the molds. I was more than a little disappointed in these molds because after the second batch, the blue mold had melted along the seams. I’m still working on getting my replacements!

After the crayons were completely hardened, I popped then out of the tray to sit overnight. I wanted to make sure they had cooled all the way. Then I bagged them up for party favors.

I definitely see myself making more crayons in the future, but I’ll definitely find better molds before I do!

Shield Decorating

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An artist I am not. This was an adorable pin that I found while planning Arthur’s 8th birthday party and I have to take a minute to say that the original pinner was a genius. It also lets the kids make their own favors!

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I started with several large boxes, empty ones from work. You will need two cardboard cutouts for each shield, so make sure you have enough cardboard to work with. It’s easiest to use a stencil and outline your circles before going to town with your boxcutter. Boxcutter was the easiest method for cutting that we found.

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Once you have two circles, you need to cut two slits, wide enough to feed tape through, in the center of one of your circles. You will now need a long strip of duct tape. Fold it in half, so that the sticky sides adhere to each other. Then you feed your strip of duct tape through your slits.

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Use more duct tape to firmly secure the ends of your strips to the back of your circle. When I say back of your circle, I mean the side with any writing or design on it.
Your next step is to put the two backs (designed) sides together and seal the edges together with yet more duct tape. Be extra sure that the outer sides of your shields are blank. It’s much easier to decorate!

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I bought a big pack of colored sharpies and let the kids go to town. It was a nice way to handle the arrival times, as the all of the kids rarely arrive at the same time.

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I found online, after much searching, this grouping of How to Train Your Dragon shield designs featuring different dragons. Thought it would give the kids a little inspiration. The picture I found through Bing search didn’t give me an attached link, so I can’t reference the source on this one.

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Later on, after everyone had decorated their shields, I paired them up with pool noodle lightsabers from last year’s birthday party, and they all had a great time running around the yard.
These didn’t take long to put together and they were a huge hit. Only recommendation is to have duct tape on standby for field repairs on the handles.
Play on everyone!

DIY Bath Salts

This was a fun little pin that I’ve had on my Gifts board for a while now. I don’t usually have Epsom salt in the house, but I figured I would get to this one around Christmas. Along comes Mia’s bridal shower and I get to play sooner!

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We were going for a seaside theme, so I did alter the original recipe of lavender bath salts to suit that theme. Recipe calls for:
6 cups of kosher or epsom salts
I went with epsom.
3/4 cup of body wash (in chosen scent)
I used Equate Spring Fresh bodywash.
1 Tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil
I used olive oil (because I had it).
Optional 2-3 drops of essential oils.
I didn’t use any because I couldn’t figure out what would compliment ocean scent.
Optional food coloring
I used blue, again to stick with the ocean theme.

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You stir it all together until you get a soupy mess. I was initially worried that it was too soupy, but you have to have faith in the pins! (At least the first try!)

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Chiara loved helping me stir it all together.
Then you spread it out on a cookie sheet to dry. Directions said a lined sheet, but I love to skip steps!

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First batch I had serious concerns about it drying, so I sat it in the sun. What I failed to realize is that it does look a little gooey, even when it’s dry. It should take about 24 hours to dry just sitting inside (that’s how long batch two took).

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Arthur had fun helping me break up the first batch. All you do is dig in with your hands, break up any clumps, then place in air tight containers.

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Tony decided it was more efficient to use a spatula, then he proceeded to streamline my jarring process. I love when he gets involved in my Pinterest projects. It’s really funny when he takes over, like when we made vanilla extract last Christmas.
All in all this was a super simple pin and it has huge potential for gift giving. Even if you’re just making some for your own use! For use of this you just pour a 1/4 cup under hot running water and step two is to enjoy!
Be sure to check out the original pin here.

Snowball Playdough

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This was a fun little pin I found for Chiara’s birthday.
We decided, well I decided, to throw a Frozen themed birthday party for Chiara this year, and what makes a better party favor for preschoolers than playdough?
I do want to preface this with the fact that my crockpot is old and it may be slowly dying. Your playdough may ‘cook’ faster than mine did.
You start by mixing together in your crockpot:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tarter
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
The original directions say to use medium heat. That was a problem for me as my crockpot has high and low. I went with high. You throw everything in the crockpot:

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Then you stir it together until it looks like this:

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If you want to add and food coloring or dyes, now is the time to stir those in as well. Then you let it cook. It took about a half hour on high, stirring every five minutes or so. This is part of what led me to thinking my crockpot is dying!
You’ll be able to tell as you move through this process when it’s done because it will begin to resemble traditional playdough.
I didn’t add any dyes, but I did want to add glitter, something that you do once it’s cooled.

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Here, I just threw some glitter on a plate and rolled it around until I was satisfied with the sparkle. Chiara really enjoyed helping me out here too!
Afterwards she insisted on ‘testing’ the playdough.

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She had no complaints!
The original pinner did provide lovely, printable tags, but as I am still without a printer, I just used the tags provided with the jars and hand wrote on them. Just to make sure it was clear what I was going for.

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Not very fancy, but again, it’s a party favor for preschoolers, so we had no complaints!
Have fun making it and even more fun playing with it! It is all edible ingredients, minus the glitter, but it tastes nasty! Yes, I tried it, don’t judge me!