Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Playdough

Creative Playtime.  Give the children a creative outlet this Thanksgiving by letting them play with the pumpkin pie...playdough that is! This heavenly smelling and soft textured playdough is a real sensory experience the children and lets face it, adults, will enjoying playing with! If you thought pumpkin pie could not be played with, well think again! Time to play!

Get ready to make up a batch of pumpkin pie playdough fun! You won't need the whip cream, although you may be tempted once you get a whiff of the delicious, mouth watering scent.

Pumpkin Pie Playdough via ~

This smells great, so remind small children that it is not for eating.

5 1/2 cups flour
2 cups salt
8 teaspoons cream of tartar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (1 1/12 ounce) container pumpkin pie spice
Orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
4 cups water

Mix all of the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container. Recipe

 The texture is smooth and soft with little flecks of the pumpkin pie spice throughout the dough. It really tricks the senses into believing it is edible. It rolls out well with a rolling pin, but we preferred to use our hands for the tactile experience to flatten the dough out for cutting out shapes.

                              It is just fun to keep it in your hands and just squish it!

                              Or make it into a little "pumpkin pie" in a vintage tart mold.

What we learned about this recipe:
Great creative expression and sensory learning aide. Makes a lot of playdough. You may want to make only half of the recipe. Although the recipe says to cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps are gone, we removed it from the heat when it came together and we could no longer stir even though there were still lumps. We turned it out on a floured board and started kneading the dough and adding a little flour as needed which removed any lumps. The food coloring does not really show a true "orange" but more of a oatmeal with a hint of orange mixed in. It worked out fine using olive oil in place of the vegetable oil called for.

We decided that this playdough would make great little favors for the children to take home. We thought we would supply plenty of playdough to play with during the Thanksgiving gathering, and make up some favors to pass out to the children to take home. This is what we came up with.

Clear plastic cups. Festive cello bags. Scrap burlap strips. Rubber stamp card stock tag.

We took a lump pf the playdough and rounded it into a nice ball to fit inside the plastic cup. Placed a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the cup. Placed the cup inside the cello bag and used the twist tie that came with the cello bags to secure the bag shut.

 We punched a little hole in the favor tag and ran the burlap strip though and tied it around the top of the bag.

If you were looking for something for the children to do this Holiday, give this
Pumpkin Pie Playdough a try. And if you wonder where all the adults have gone, you may want to check out the children's table!Remember, keep it Homespun!

Teach me knowledge and good judgement,
for I believe in Your commands.
Psalm 119:66

Homespun With Love
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  1. LOVE this! So perfect for Thanksgiving. I would love for you to come link it up at TGIF LInky Party - -
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  2. This is awesome! What a great post. I can't wait to give it a try with the kiddos!

  3. This sounds great! I'm so excited to try this out with our kiddos. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. love it and the party favor idea! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling sunday.....great photos too!

  5. Fun! Love your beautiful photos too! Sharing this, and thanks for adding it to the Thanksgiving party!

  6. wow this is great and perfect for kids! following along!!!

  7. This is great! How long can the dough last.