I love those little sugary conversation hearts that you find at Valentine's Day -- they're sweet and tasty (in a delightfully chalky way) and bring me right back to childhood. We made giant ones out of home-mixed playdough.
Best Homemade Playdough
1 c flour
1/4 c salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbsp oil
1 c water
1 tsp vanilla or peppermint extract (optional)
Stir ingredients together in a medium-sized saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until the dough comes together. Dump it out on the counter and knead for a minute until shiny, smooth, and resilient.
We let it cool until we could handle it, then rolled it out and cut it with heart-shaped cutters. The letters are tiny stamps ... which led to lots of fun stamping with our whole collection. Creativity abounds!
(get it? 'bee' cool? heh heh)