Halloween Fun with Pumpkin Spice Playdough

Fall is an exciting time because it’s time to make favorite recipes! Pumpkin Spice Play doh smells soo yummy and is a blast of sensory experiences…remember as you are creating it with your child/family, it is the process, not the product that’s important. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Have your child experience dry/wet ingredients using descriptive words such as soft flour, warm water, gritty salt, slippery for the oil.
  • Smell the pumpkin spice and compare to the smell of flour or water.
  • Discuss the changes when the wet and dry ingredients mix.
  • If your child is small or has a motor impairment, have them mix a small amount of dough.
  • Play poking and pulling, rolling and patting games with the finished playdough.
  • Roll into a ball that looks like a pumpkin; compare it to a real one.
  • Make smaller and bigger balls and discuss the attributes.
  • Talk about color: what other things are orange? Even if your child is totally blind it is important to discuss color so they can appropriately file it.
  • And most importantly have fun!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Playdough Recipe

You need:

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Pumpkin spice seasoning dash to your desire
  • Up to 1.5 cups warm water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • Orange food colouring

How To:

• Mix the flour, salt, pumpkin spice seasoning, and oil in a large mixing bowl
• Add food colouring TO the warm water then into the dry ingredients
• Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
• Take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
• (If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right)