Pumpkin playdough will send an oh, so pleasing pumpkin spice aroma around the room while your early learners have loads of fun playing with it. It is soft and rubbery, and won’t easily crumble. Here is the recipe, and a few engaging pumpkin playdough activities.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
red food coloring (a little)
yellow food coloring (lots)
a few drops of oil
Making The Playdough
Combine all ingredients but the oil in a sturdy pot.
Mix the ingredients together well.
With the stove on medium heat, continue stirring while the dough heats up.
When the playdough thickens into a lump, remove it from the stove.
Place the dough on a cutting board and let it cool.
Knead in a few drops of oil.
Store the playdough in a resealable plastic bag.
Pumpkin Playdough Activities
Set the playdough on a tray with pumpkin cookie cutters, ice cubes, and gems. Include fall-themed gems.
Sprinkle orange glitter on the playdough to extend the play.
Acorns and squirrel gems add to the fun.
Dinosaurs are the theme for the tray below.
This pumpkin playdough recipe stores well and can be reused over and over again. Instead of food coloring, orange icing color could be added. And pumpkin seeds would introduce an interesting texture to the dough.
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© Annette Kaminsky