Kid-Made Christmas Gifts: Hot Cocoa Tubes

Kid-Made Christmas Gifts: Hot Cocoa Tubes

Inside: Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube.

 


Do you keep a few simple gifts like boxes of chocolates, mints, and hand lotions by the front door to hand out to neighbors or people who come to your house this time of year? I do, but these generic gifts can get boring.

 

This year, my youngest is a toddler (read: old enough to give me a chunk of independent play time), so we finally have an opportunity to put together a few handmade gifts in addition to our usual stash. To this end, my kids and I spent a few hours one morning last week getting the gifts ready.

 

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

 

But first, we had to decide what we were going to make so I could round up the supplies. It had to be something fairly quick and easy, so my kids could do it independently if, after all, I ended up holding my toddler most of the time. But, most importantly, it had to be something that people could actually use (read: no pasta necklaces and artwork).

 

Kid-Made Christmas Gifts

Right off the bat, my kids wanted to bake their favorite Christmas-y muffins (peppermint flavored muffins baked in snowflake muffin cups). I explained that it would be hard to keep them fresh for long. Next idea up for discussion was handmade scrubs and lotions. It was my idea because I had just bought a large quantity of shea butter and beeswax that I was eager to put to good use, but for some reason, nobody else was enthusiastic about it. When I finally suggested a homemade cocoa kit, however, everyone cheered.

 

Putting together a cocoa kit is easy. All you need are three things: cocoa kit ingredients, a container, and decorations to make your kit festive. 

 

 

Kid-Made Christmas Gift: Hot Cocoa Tubes

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

 

What you need

  • Your favorite cocoa mix (we love the all-natural Starbucks blend)
  • Science Test Tubes
  • Your favorite Marshmallows (We prefer all natural brands without artificial ingredients, corn syrup, and preservatives. We haven’t found an all natural brand that comes in mini size yet, so we chop the big marshmallow chunks into smaller pieces with a knife).
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • If you want to include a note, gather up writing supplies like paper (perhaps seasonal scrapbooking paper), pencils, and markers.
  • Decoration: ribbons, seasonal stickers, and labels

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What to do

  • Step 1: get the tubes ready

Wash the tubes well and dry them completely. Washing the tubes is easy. You can either place them in a bowl of soapy water and rinse or run them through a dishwasher. Drying the tubes is very hard, but it’s important to make sure there is absolutely no moisture left behind. We had the best of luck with cotton balls on a tip of a chopstick and with tightly rolled washcloths inserted all the way in and twisted repeatedly. Unfortunately, air drying is not going to work. Since the tubes are so long and thin, the moisture remains trapped inside. 

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

 

  • Step 2: Prep the ingredients

If like us, you are using all-natural marshmallows that are too large to fit inside the tubes, chop them into smaller pieces. I know that most people don’t have a problem with store-bought mini marshmallows. But I couldn’t bring myself to use something I won’t let my kids eat. Sprinkle the marshmallow pieces with cocoa powder so they don’t stick to the insides of the tubes. 

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

  • Step 3: Fill the tubes

To fill the tubes, wash your hands and line up your supplies. Fill the tubes ¾ of the way with the cocoa mix and fill the rest of the space with marshmallows and chocolate chips. We made a small fennel with a piece of paper to help most of the cocoa powder make it inside the tubes. 

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

  • Step 4: Write a message

Cut a piece of paper into the desired shape. We used festive scrapbooking paper and wrote a note on the inside. One note said, “Enjoy the cold weather with a cup of hot cocoa in hand.” Another note said, “It’s a cocoa mix. Not an explosive mixture. Enjoy liberally.” The third note just said, “Mix with hot milk for a delicious cup of hot cocoa.” And also a short and simple instruction, “Just add a cup of hot milk :)”

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

  • Step 5: Decorate (our favorite part in any project)

Decorate the cocoa tube with ribbons, stickers, or anything else you can come up with.

Kid-made Christmas gift idea that is a pleasure to make and fun to gift. Make holidays more meaningful with homemade gifts, like this hot cocoa kit in a single serve test tube. #xmas #kidmade

 

Voila, we had a blast working on this project and talking about the people we care about who will get our gifts. My kids said it was like working at a candy factory. And it was a great way to channel the kids’ enthusiasm about the upcoming holidays and let them do something special.

 

Kid-Made Christmas gifts can be done without spending a fortune. What are you making this year? Share with a hashtag #kidsmadexmas.

 

This post is part of a weeklong series called Kid-Made Christmas hosted by Teach Me, Mommy. Check out Marbled Xmas Card, String Xmas Trees, and Santa Cake Jar

 


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  1. […] Handmade gifts are always wonderful to give and making them can be so much fun for your kids, the process is gift in itself. Moreover, there’s a reason that we respond with such warmth when we receive a handmade gift, and why we tend to store them up in boxes for years… Simply put, they’re personal. Handmaking gifts takes time and attention, and that time and attention are part of the gift. This helps children learn that it is the thought, not the money, that counts. Don’t do it if it’s stressing you out, but if the mood moves you, why not start with these simple kid-made cocoa tubes. […]

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