It’s that time of year…well up north anyways! The temperatures are starting to drop a bit, and with it comes a change of seasons. Of course here in South Florida we don’t feel fall until November if we’re lucky, but our kids are learning about autumn in school. And while I loathe anything pumpkin, our girls are already talking about Halloween, and desperately want to see the leaves change color. (I tried to explain palm trees don’t have leaves.)We don’t experience this season everyone raves about, but with a little help from the Dollar Tree we can bring fall to us! And since it’s National Playdough Day, I thought I’d share our new favorite – Pumpkin Playdough Recipe!
And a lot of imagination! Emylia cut out pumpkins, and made a cake! She even destroyed one of my $1 pumpkin finds to construct her masterpiece, but that’s the fun of sensory play isn’t it? Putting out the props and watching as they create?!
We may not get to break out the scarves and rakes, but we still have fun celebrating the holidays that are right around the corner! If you haven’t made homemade playdough before I assure you it’s super easy! We made this in 10 minutes, and the girls love measuring the flour, salt, and cream of tartar for me. The recipe is below, I hope you enjoy it!
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1/2 bottle pumpkin emulsion (or 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
- 2-3 drops of glycerin (makes it smooth and shiny, optional)
- 10-15 drops red food coloring
- 5-10 drops yellow food coloring
- Mix all of the dry ingredients together, and then add the wet ingredients. Stir until well blended.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms.
- Transfer hot play dough carefully to a floured surface. Knead as the dough cools
- When cooled store in a ziplock bag or airtight container.
- Have fun!