Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

October, and now November, have been pumpkin filled months for our family. Pumpkin hunting and then pumpkin baking and freezing have filled our home with a delicious aroma. Wanting some afternoon fun for my children, I made up a big batch of pumpkin pie play dough. It’s easy to make and smells divine…so much so that I keep finding myself sniffing it and playing with it. Homemade play dough is much more elastic and accommodating than store bought varieties. Inexpensive to make, you’ll probably find the ingredients around your home. No toxic chemicals and if your child does decide to try eating it, you won’t have to worry about ingredients or dealing with neon green poo later on.

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

(one batch makes a nice amount for one child – multiply as needed!)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 T. cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 T. canola oil (or your choice of oil)
  • 1 t. ground cinnamom
  • freshly grated nutmeg to your preference
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • food coloring as desired (I used some old Wilton paste copper color)
Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, and oil over medium heat, stirring to mix. Next add your cinnamon and nutmeg. As your dough begins to solidify add in the vanilla extract and any food coloring.
Remove from heat and let sit long enough that you can use your hands. It doesn’t take long. Knead until it is completely mixed.
That’s it. You now have delicious smelling (but not tasting….it will taste like salt) pumpkin pie play dough. Hand it to your kids and let them play away. Store in an air tight container so that it doesn’t dry out.

homemade play dough…

My children enjoy playing with Play-Doh. My three year old especially likes it. For the past year, he played with Play-Doh while his older brother and sister were in gymnastics class. It has a tendency to dry out, though, depsite carefully putting it away. I had been purchasing Play-Doh on sale. Then I decided to try my hand at making my own.

Homemade Play Dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablesoon oil
  • coloring and scents of choice

Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat, continually stirring. Eventually it will begin to clump together. When it all stays in a ball, it is finished. The resulting play dough is a softer, more elastic version of the commercial concoction. My children enjoy using it.

I’ve been using Kool-Aid packets to color and scent the play dough. It works very well, although we’ll have to try some food coloring in order to get a nice blue.