I’m always on the lookout for fun and inexpensive activities to keep my toddler busy, and I never know when or where inspiration will strike. One recent day we were in the drive through for my favorite fall indulgence: a pumpkin flavored latte, when my daughter asked what we could do together when we got back home.
Eureka! Pumpkin spice play dough was born.
I know I’m not the first to conceive of this idea so it’s hardly original, but I had fun coming up with just the right recipe. I’m sharing it today!
1 cup water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring
2 cups flour (more if necessary)
In a medium saucepan, combine the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, pumpkin pie spice and food coloring. Heat until warm. Remove from heat, then add flour one cup at a time until it is smooth and of the desired consistency.
It keeps up to 6 months!
We had fun playing with our play dough, making shapes and exploring its texture and aroma.
It’s a great, easy fall activity!
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. She writes about all things toddler at Babble’s Toddler Times. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.