I am so excited for fall! I live in the South where it’s hot most of the year. Fall, winter, and spring are over in the blink of an eye, so I try to enjoy them as much as I can while they last! (I know some of you live where winter is loooong and cold! Come visit me! I’ll be happy to share some of the heat and humidity with you. Haha!) I’m ready to put on some sweaters and boots! And I’m ready to enjoy some pumpkin spice lattes.
First, I’m sharing a super-basic (aka: easy) pumpkin spice playdough recipe. This is a great way for your kids to get in on the pumpkin spice excitement too.
This recipe is crazy simple – no heat needed. Just mix everything up really well and call it a day. All of the ingredients are food-based, so while it won’t taste very good, your sensory-seeking little ones won’t be hurt if they sneak a taste of this delicious-smelling playdough.
Basic Pumpkin Spice Playdough Recipe:
1 cup of pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup of hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups flour
1/4 cup ground coffee
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
Orange food coloring
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and knead with your hands. (Let your kids do it for extra fun!) Once all the ingredients are mixed together, turn out the dough onto the counter and keep kneading. You may find it to be a little bit sticky. If so, just keep kneading until it’s not sticky anymore (or add in a tiny bit of flour — but you run the risk of making it too dry if you do this too much).
Then, once it’s done, hand it over to the kids and let them play and smell it. It smells so yummy that the scent is almost like aromatherapy to us moms!
Doubtless, your kids will enjoy creating some make-believe confections out of this pumpkin spice dough! If you’d like to take this fun craft further into the realm of education, then we also have some fun playmats that go with the recipe! You can get them in our shop (link below). Print these, and then make sure you laminate them so the playdough doesn’t stick to the pages.
Playdough is perfect for practicing basic skills! With the printable play mat set that goes with this recipe, you can work on creating the letter p, building different shapes, and counting–or even working on early addition skills! We hope that you and your kids have a blast making some family fall memories with this DIY Pumpkin Spice Playdough and the playmat printables that go with it!
Store this playdough in an airtight container in the fridge. It won’t last forever due to using real pumpkin, but you should get a few days of play out of it!