Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Playdough

After a fun trip to the Pumpkin Patch, we decided to make our own! Oliver loves the feel and the smell. We even made a few extra batches to bring to school to share.

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
food coloring (6 drops red, 15 drops yellow)

1. Combine the dry ingredients in a non-stick saucepan. Add the oil, water and food coloring and whisk until smooth. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 - 4 minutes.

2. Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute. The dough will keep up to a week in a ziploc bag.

3. To make stems, place fusilli into a small plastic bag with about 5 drops of green food coloring. Smoosh it all around and then let it air dry on a piece of waxed paper for about 5 minutes or until it is dry.


  1. Jenn-
    What a delight it was to watch Oliver orchestrate the "Pumpkin Project" today! He set everything up at the project table and assisted his classmates in such a supportive manner. The children stored their pumpkins on labeled cardboard and named that area of the classroom "The Pumpkin Patch". A good time was had by all!
    Thank you for providing such an appropriate activity.
    P.S. The classroom smelled great too! (Wendy passed on the info about your site)

  2. I'm squirreling this one away for this Fall. We love to go to local pumpkin patches, and this will be a perfect activity when we get home. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. What a fantastic idea! Great for the fall- Thank you for linking this post up to The Sunday Showcase!