Thursday, November 17, 2011

pumpkin pie play dough

Here is the hands down best recipe for play dough:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 TBS cream of tartar
  • 2 TBS pumpkin pie spice 
  • food coloring (I used the orange gel food coloring, but liquid works just fine)

Mix the wet ingredients with the food coloring over a low heat.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Remove the warm dough and knead until the play dough is smooth in consistency.

We decided to make pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pies.  I gathered some pyrex spice dishes, plastic knives, pumpkin cookie cutters, and child size rolling pins.

It seriously smells delicious.

Eleanor on the scene.

I want some.  Now.

Any guesses on what she does next?  You bet.  She eats it.  Should that be reason to say she should not be allowed to join our fun?  Nope.  That's what little ones do.  They explore with their mouths.  Eating this play dough would not hurt her.  It tastes really salty though, even with the pumpkin pie spice.  (Ask me how I know?)  So I went with the tasting for a bit and then showed her some different things to do with the play dough other than eat it.  She still tasted it throughout our play time, but she also pounded with roller, batted at it with a knife, broke it into a million pieces, and then filled up our dishes and dumped.  The breaking and dumping kept her attention for nearly fifteen minutes.  Really important work for a toddler.

A little pumpkin patch made by Abby.

And a pumpkin pie for Daddy.  It's his favorite.

So if you have a kid table at Thanksgiving dinner, wouldn't this be kind of fun to play with while the turkey is digesting and prior to letting them destroy the play room?  Let the babies try it too.  


  1. I made this play dough for Thanksgiving (for the kids....and me)It was HUGE hit. Thanks so much for the idea! My Sunday school kids loved it too. One of the kids made a mustache so he could keep smelling it :)

  2. Oh my goodness - I am so glad it worked out. Love the mustache idea - genius!

  3. We're making this today. We have friends coming over and this looked like a fun thing to do. Who says pumpkin is just for Thanksgiving? :o)