DIY Pumpkin Spice Playdough

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I love fall.  Ever since I was a kid it’s always been my favorite time of year.  The sights, sounds and smells have always been comforting to me and remind me of happy memories.  I hope to make the same happy memories with my kids.  My daughter and I celebrated the last day of September by making our own pumpkin spice scented playdough.

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Gathering up the supplies-flour, salt, cream of tarter, pumpkin spice ( or combo of cloves, all spice, cinnamon), oil and water.

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Had my daughter put everything in the pot with the assist from some trader joes halloween potato “chips”.

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Being oh so careful I had her start to stir everything together on low heat.  She soon got tired of waiting and stirring so she went and had a leftover popsicle I made during the summer-wait this is a fall playdough and she’s eating popsicle’s? well yes.

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I ended up adding more cinnamon to the mix because I didn’t feel the pumpkin spice was potent enough-probably had to do with it being expired-oops! Stirred until mixture came together and was no longer sticky or gummy.

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The dough will be a little hottish and warm so without hurting yourself start kneading the dough until its fully combined and smooth.

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We wanted orange dough to go with the pumpkin spice so we added food coloring but you can leave it as is of course.

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Making playdough is such a great fine motor activity.  Really strengthens their tiny hands-plus so much fun!

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It’s a little subtle but definitely in the orange family-I was getting tired from kneading and I didn’t want my daughter to lose interest before we even got into playing so I made an executive decision that this was the perfect color!

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I’m pretty happy with this recipe-the dough came out great and now we have a pretty good sized batch to play with for the next few weeks.

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Really started feeling like fall with the pumpkin spice scent filling the house!

 

Recipe:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons cream of tarter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • however much spice you want

Mix and cook the above on low heat until non sticky dough consistency.  Knead out until smooth.  Optional-add food coloring after cooled and knead in dough until combined.

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