It was my quest for Rosie and I to make her party favors for her upcoming birthday party. I kept trying to think of ideas, and kept coming up short, with play dough being my only thought. Now I know all little ones love play dough, but how boring! I wanted something more exciting. So, the quest was then turned into finding a way to make a play dough party favor unique and exciting.
Elmo would be making a special surprise appearance at the party, which further inspired the idea to make a play dough party favor that allowed the children to make their own Elmo! I loved it! Here is how we brought it to fruition!
I pre-measured everything so that Rosie could easily dump the ingredients, and mix them together. I enlisted daddy to help, so that I could take pictures while they got their hands messy.
Rosie loved dumping all the ingredients.
Mixing it all together
I wanted Rosie to be as involved in the making of the favors as possible, so I set everything out, and brought her in to help put the favors together. I bought glass jars at The Dollar Tree to use as the containers for the Elmo kits.
Putting in the pipe cleaners.
While Rosie did a fantastic job, I did have to go back and make a few adjustments once she was done helping lol. One of the jars had about ten red pipe cleaners while a few others had none. It only took a moment though.
Here is one of the finished Make Your Own Elmo kits.
Once all the party favors were assembled, I added some ribbon, a cute Make Your Own Elmo tag, and a bow to finish them off.
I just love how the Elmo Party Favors turned out!
These party favors only cost a few dollars to make and I love that Rosie was so involved in making them. Making the play dough was a great sensory activity. Assembling the kits presented an array of learning opportunities. While we made them, I talked with Rosie about how she was making them for her friends. Once they were done I could tell that she was very proud of them, and so was mommy!
Rosie just loves her Elmo kit! She has played with it a lot, and made several different Elmo creations. While she seems to put the pieces in varying places, I did notice that she always puts the eyes together :)