Remember the fun days of playdough?
Remember the thrilling feel of playdough oozing through your fingers? It’s one of the favorite tactile memories of childhood. Who could forget the unique smell and the electric colors that came in a cardboard can? It’s comforting to know that it hasn’t changed.
But there’s something special about homemade playdough — the kind you want to eat (but shouldn’t)! It’s so easy to make at home. It’s fall, and with the start of September, everyone is ready for our favorite flavors: pumpkin and cinnamon. So why not turn the national obsession with these flavors into something your kids can squeeze between their fingers: pumpkin playdough and cinnamon playdough?
Cinnamon and pumpkin playdough recipe ~ a “feast” for the nose!
Rachelle of Tinkerlab came up with a fantastic cooked pumpkin pie playdough recipe, and so my daughter and I decided to give it a try. We cut the recipe in half, which still produces more than enough for hours of entertainment.
According to Rachelle, this pumpkin playdough has an excellent shelf life and can keep for weeks because it is cooked. Below are the details about how the pumpkin playdough recipe worked out for us.
First, here are the ingredients that you’ll need (plus water). Kimberly of Natural Beach Living suggests using coconut oil. I ended up using vegetable oil–the choice is yours.
Cinnamon and pumpkin playdough smells divine. We opted to use a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger to create the cinnamon playdough, and we added yellow and orange food coloring to create the pumpkin playdough (an equal number of red and yellow drops is needed to get the right color).
You can always opt to add just pumpkin pie spices or just cinnamon depending on the fragrance you want.
- 2 & ½ cups water
- 2 and ½ cups flour
- 1 & ¼ cups salt
- 1 & ½ tbsp. cream of tartar
- 5 tbsp. vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
- Food coloring or liquid watercolors (red and yellow in equal parts)
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger (or pumpkin pie spices)
- Blend the ingredients in a cooking pot until well-blended and "smooth." It's okay if the mixture is "lumpy" and wet. The excess water will cook out on the stove top.
- Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring often. Rachelle assures us that the dough will become "sticky" and get the right consistency as the water cooks out.
- When the mixture looks "dry" around the edges, test a small piece in your hand. If it isn't "gooey," it's done!
- Now for the fun! The dough is warm and feels so good in your hands. Remove the dough from the pot and split it into two parts: one half will be your cinnamon playdough, and the other half will be your pumpkin playdough, once food coloring is added.
- We chose an old cutting board as the surface to add our food coloring. Press to flatten your dough. Add equal parts yellow and red food coloring and kneed until you reach the perfect orange color for your pumpkin playdough.
- Rachelle tells us that this playdough has a long shelf life--up to a few months--if stored in "large Ziploc or a sealed container."
Here are some visual tips for cooking the pumpkin playdough:
The benefits of playdough for your kids
Playdough is fantastic for sensory play and developing fine motor skills. It fosters real-world creativity you just can’t get on the iPad.