December is a period of numerous celebrations - my mom's birthday, my son's birthday, my nephew's birthday and the most important of all - the birth of our Lord Jesus. I guess it's good 'stress' as we party almost every week!

Here's a DIY Christmas gift idea for children of preschool age - A Make Your Own Playdough Christmas Tree. It should be good as it has been done by a lot of mommies. It's an inexpensive arty gift. We made these kits as the birthday goodie bags for Nat's classmates when he celebrated his birthday in school. Since his birthday is so near Christmas, we thought why not have a Christmas theme to it this year.

If you're intending to make more than 10, I recommend you make the playdough with a food processor. If you're a crazy mom like me, you can get your children involve in making the playdough and assembling the whole kit. Only attempt this if you don't mind the mess. I had green food colouring split all over the kitchen floor, hot water splashed onto myself, t-shirt turning into green, a toddler eating the green playdough, etc.

But when I saw Nat's excitement in sticking the labels, writing the first letter of his friends' names on the labels, sorting the sequins and playdough into the various boxes, counting and making sure they were correct - all the mess was totally worth it. And of course the birthday boy got his own goodie box too and when he reached home, he immediately made a Christmas tree for himself with the whole family sitting around it.

diy christmas play dough kit

Since Christmas is just 7 days away, if you've no time to make your own labels, you can click here to download a copy of the label on the left.

Here's the link to The Best Ever No-Cook Playdough Recipe that lasts for 6 months

Also do check out DIY Christmas Playdough Gift Bags for a different feel to the kit if you want to put the playdough in ziplog bags rather than boxes.