DIY Pumpkin Spice Playdough

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.


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



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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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!


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.


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



  • 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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