I am so excited for fall! After spending the last year down on the Gulf Coast (and the land of perpetual summer) I can not wait for cooler weather, sweater, and boots . . . and of course, pumpkin spice lattes.
Now, not to be totally basic, but I have a super basic pumpkin spice playdough recipe to share with you today so your kids can get in on the pumpkin spice excitement too.
This recipe is crazy simple – no heat needed. Just mix everything up 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. Include the kids for extra fun! Once all the ingredients are mixed together, turn it out on the counter and keep kneading. You may find it to be a little bit sticky, 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).
Then, once it’s done, hand it over to the kids and let them play! I created some simple playdough playmats to go with this pumpkin playdough, which you can download for free in our shop. Print these off, and then make sure you laminate them so the playdough doesn’t stick to the pages.
Playdough is perfect for practicing basic skills! With this set, we worked on forming the letter p, sounding out the letter p, building circles and spheres, and basic counting skills. And, it smelled fabulous!
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!