Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh!
I’ve used this Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh recipe (from The Best Ideas for Kids) for the past couple of years and I still love it. Play- Doh is great for little hands, providing lots of tactile and proprioceptive input. It can be rolled, shaped, cut or made into lots different things for pretend play. The pumpkin spice scent adds in the sense of smell for an added bonus.
You will need:
1 cup flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
1 TBS cooking oil
1 cup water
orange food coloring
This recipe does require cooking on the stove, so I let my little one help to mix the wet ingredients in a pot and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl before I turn on the heat.
- In a large pot, add in vegetable oil, water and orange food coloring. I usually only have the primary colors, so we mix yellow and red for added color experimenting!
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir.
- Add dry ingredients to your pan for cooking.
- Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and soaks up all the liquid. This should take around 3-5 minutes.
- Pour it out onto a surface to cool. Once it’s cool enough to work with, start kneading it-great job for little hands! If the dough is too sticky to play with, you can add more flour in small increments. You can also add more pumpkin spice seasoning to your liking.
Here are some fun ways I have used this:
- Make small pumpkins-
If I can, I take the kiddos outside to look for sticks with me. If not, I just have the sticks ready for them to break (more proprioceptive and tactile input!)
Make “pumpkin pie”-
You can use an actual pie pan or a plate or just let them shape it into a circle. I like to use cotton balls for “whip cream” and have them pull the cotton balls apart for more fine motor muscle work. You can also use a plastic knife or butter knife and have them “cut” the pie into pieces. This is great for bilateral coordination since they will need to use one hand to stabilize the pan while the other one is cutting.
Use cookie cutters-
I found a pack of assorted cookie cutters that I love at a local garage sale. Of course you can use whatever you have!
What are your favorite ways to play with play-doh?