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Pumpkin Play Dough Recipe

September 28, 2019
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Play dough is a staple in our household. It is the perfect activity to enjoy on those raining days when going outside is not an option or when I need to keep my toddler occupied while I prepare dinner. Sometimes we buy play dough at the store, but more often than not we try to make our own. Now that it is officially autumn, I figured it was time to pull out my pumpkin play dough recipe. The recipe I created was adapted from this recipe by Your Modern Family.

Pumpkin Play Dough

Nicole MillerNicole Miller
Fall is in the air! There's no better way to celebrate than by making pumpkin playdough. Not only does it smell delicious, but it comes out super soft as well.
5 from 1 vote
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoon oil (I used vegetable oil)
  • 10-12 drops red food coloring
  • 10-12 drops yellow food coloring


  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium-size sauce pan. Be sure to add your water first, as this will prevent any ingredients from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook on medium heat until ingredients start to come together. This will take a few minutes. Stir consistently.
  • Once it starts to form into a ball, you can turn the stove off and let it cool.
  • After its done cooling, knead it until it is the right consistency. (Your kids will love helping with this part!) If your dough seems too moist, add a little more flour. If it seems too dry, add a little more oil.
Keyword play dough, pumpkin

You won’t be able to stop smelling this play dough! It captures the scent of fall perfectly, thanks to the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon that are infused into it. It is also super soft, so little fingers can manipulate it easily.

There are so many different ways to enjoy this play dough. One thing my daughter loves to do is to pull out our cookie cutters. We have cookie cutters in all the basic shapes like circles, squares, hearts, stars, triangles, etc. So, playing with play dough in this way has actually become an educational experience as well.

Playing with play dough gives children the opportunity to be creative. I love watching my daughter use her imagination and turn play dough into all sorts of different things that I never would have thought of like french fries or a snowman. She once even turned her play dough into an octopus!

When you are done using your play dough, you can store it in a plastic bag or a storage container. It will stay fresh for up to a month!

Are you looking for even more fun fall activities to enjoy? Check out our leaf rubbing craft or our free fall printables. If you have any fall activities you want to share with us, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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    Kristine September 30, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    5 stars
    Our play dough turned out great! Thank you! We had a great time, and you were right, everyone wanted to keep smelling it.