Meet the Sullivans: DIY Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

September 30, 2014

DIY Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

Playing with play dough is an activity that I don't think ever gets old. I'm not sure O will ever tire of playing with it, and frankly, I don't think Keith or I will either. There are so many fun variations of things you can do with play dough -- there are the obvious things like, sculpt animals or objects, roll it with rolling pins or even cut it with cookie cutters, and then there's scented doughs! I thought with it being Fall and all O might enjoy some pumpkin scented play dough!

Not only is play dough fun, but it also has many benefits! It encourages fine motor skills and helps strengthen all the small muscles in their little hands. It encourages creativity and can be used to create pretend food, little scenes with animals (zoo, ocean, forest), jewelry -- the list is as endless as a child’s imagination!

recipe source: small friendly

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup of salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves)
optional: food coloring or natural food based dyes (such as beet juice and turmeric)

  • Combine all ingredients, omitting the food coloring, in a large pot.
  • Stir over medium heat until a big ball forms. It should be smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Remove from pot and allow to cool until the dough can be worked by hand.
  • Divide the dough into however many different colors you want.
  • Work the colors into the dough by adding a few drops at a time and then kneading until the color is evenly incorporated.

I made red (about 5-6 drops of red food coloring), orange (about 5 drops of red and 10 drops of yellow food coloring), yellow (about 5-6 drops of yellow food coloring) and brown (left as is) dough since they're fall colors. 


We've been having so much fun with our scented play dough! When we're done playing with it I simply roll the colors into balls (hopefully without too many of the colors mixed together) and store them together in a small plastic air-tight container.


Unknown said...

Such a cute idea!

Jess Scott said...

You're the best mom!!! This is such a great idea; thank you for sharing!

The Sparkly Life said...

Scented play-doh is such a great idea!! And I love the beautiful fall colors. Totally making this! #pinned ;)

Sarah said...

So cool that you made your own!

Unknown said...

great idea! i bet this smells great. xo jillian - stop by! I'm hosting a May Designs giveaway on cornflake dreams

Ashley said...

I've got to make this for my daughter!

hello erin said...

It even looks like fall!! I love it!!

Hannah said...

I've never even thought to added spices/scents to play dough! I've been thinking about making some for the babies to play with... you make it look [and smell] so fun that I think I really might have to give this a try! :) ...hopefully they learn quickly not to eat it though. ha.

Karina Marie Powell said...

GENIUS! Need to try for my toddler!!

Amanda Greathouse said...

Such a fun idea! I've been wanting to make pumpkin scented playdough for awhile now & am definitely going to try yours! Looks so much fun! And I agree, playdough never gets old! ;)

Amanda {Tickled Pink} said...

So much fun! I'm not sure who enjoys play-doh more, my husband and I or my daughter. ha! Do you have trouble with the dye coming off on your hands from the food coloring? Thanks for linking up with us this week! Can't wait to see what fun idea you share next week!

Kelly Mock said...

So fun! Might try this with my kiddos at work!

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

oh yes, I have playdough on the to do list for the month but didn't have a recipe yet! Now I am all set. I hope she doesn't want to eat it though, bet it smells nice.
Thanks so much for linking up with us today!

Heather said...

I tried to make homemade play-doh last winter and it turned out horribly. Maybe I'll have to give your recipe a try! I know my little girl would get a big kick out of playing with it. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Oh yay I have playdough on my october list and this might be a fun new recipe to try! I love the fall colors you made! I just hope the yummy smell doesn't want to make Callie eat it -- she's on a put everything in her mouth kick! Thanks for linking up with us!

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

wow!! This is so cool!!!