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My daughters are on a troll kick lately thanks to the latest movie. I can't say I blame them - I went through a troll phase when I was younger and wish I had my old trolls still for my girls to play with now. We decided to have a party for my daughter's 5th birthday and I wanted to come up with goody bags for her friends that were fun but useful and not just a bunch of cheap trinkets that would be tossed to the side by the next day. I remembered my friend, Jennifer, used a cute playdough idea for Halloween gifts where they used playdough to make a monster. I decided to create something similar only the kids would use the kit to make trolls with playdough.
-Playdough (I used two cans for each bag)
-Pom Poms (I used glittery ones in a variety of sizes)
-Pipe Cleaners (cut down to 1 1/2 to 2 inches)
-Bag topper of your choice (4 options available for download below)
A few notes about the supplies:
-If you are on the lookout in the fall, you can often get a big bag of party size mini Play-Doh containers at Costco. This would probably be the cheapest option if you are making lots of kits, but unfortunately it is only available around Halloween. Because we didn't have a lot of children coming to the party, I opted for bigger size containers (3oz) and gave each child 2 cans so they had multiple colors to play with. You could also make homemade playdough to save money.
-Depending on the age of your guests, you may want to omit some of the small pieces that I included.
To AssembleI had my girls help me assemble the bags, It was easy and we got through them quickly. For some of the items, we counted out an exact amount like 2 of each color of the cotton balls. Some of the other items like googly eyes, pony beads and sequins, we just tossed a bunch in the bag. We were planning to hand these out at the end of the party for them to use at home, so I didn't need to worry about the kids comparing bags to determine who has more or who has a certain color pompom, etc.
Then it was time to play! I gave each of my daughters a Make a Troll Kit and let them create. How hilarious are these trolls? I made the blue one to show them how to use some of the supplies. My daughter wanted to make sure her troll had clothes on it so she used the cotton balls for the hair and a dress.