After working out in the hot Texas sun all summer, we can't wait for Autumn to finally arrive. Jordan, one of my workout buddies started craving pumpkin spice lattes a few weeks ago, so inspiration struck for our next toddler playdate, and pumpkin spice playdough was born!
There are plenty of recipes on the web for various homemade playdoughs, but some can be too crumbly, greasy or laminated in texture - yuck! I was on the search and came across this recipe from Domestic Superhero. After making a few adjustments, adding pumpkin spice liquid extract and some color, I had the perfect recipe. The consistency is phenomenal, it's quick and easy to make, it smells like fall, and we discovered that it has the added bonus of moisturizing your hands and scenting them as you play with it. Look out Bath and Body Works, this could be the next big thing! ;)
So without further ado, here is my recipe for the perfect Pumpkin Spice Playdough:
- 1 tablespoon of liquid pumpkin pie spice extract - 1 tablespoon of yellow food coloring - 1/4 tablespoon of red food coloring - 1 cup water - 1 tablespoon oil (canola, vegetable or coconut) - 1 cup flour - 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar - 1/3 cup salt
In a standard size (1 pint) glass measuring cup, pour in liquid pumpkin pie spice extract, yellow food coloring and red food coloring. Next add water up to the 1 cup line and stir (You could also do this in a 1 cup measuring cup, but it's much easier to just stir it in the larger measuring cup). Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, pour the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Stir.
Add the liquid mixture to saucepan along with the oil. Turn the heat up to Medium-Low and stir constantly until the dough is no longer glossy with moisture. Remove from the pan onto a wax covered paper plate or wax paper. Once cooled enough to touch, knead the dough to make sure it's even all around. Then store it in an airtight container. One batch of dough can fill eight 2-ounce containers.
Here's the finished dough with a 2:1 color ratio of yellow to red instead of the 4:1 in the recipe. You can vary it to your liking. I was going to get some cute pumpkin shaped plastic containers, but the kids really liked these simple food containers just the same. All I did was decorate the cups with Sharpie markers.
I set up cookie cutters, spoons and these great little pie cutouts. They worked wonderfully with the playdough and those little hands.
Here's a visual of the 2 more elusive ingredients for this recipe. I was able to find them at HEB (grocery store), but the liquid extract is harder to find at stores like Target. I'm sure you could use the dry version of the pumpkin pie spice too, but your playdough wont be as smooth.
In addition to the playdough, we have the 5 Little Pumpkins song. When I taught preschool, we'd either use our fingers to act out the song or a monkey mitt with pumpkin puppets. I wasn't able to find the exact same song and rhythm that we had used, so here's a demo video for you to learn from. Enjoy!
5 Little Pumpkins Song
Thank you for reading my first blog posting. I wish you all a Happy Fall!