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Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

I have been making homemade play dough for a long time. It is really easy to make, and my kids love it. If you think it's only fun for preschoolers, you might be surprised. My 11-year-old's have just as much fun playing with it as my 7 year old! What a fun idea for Thanksgiving.

This is just a basic playdough recipe with pumpkin pie spices added. I doubled the recipe to make enough playdough for four children.


1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
1 c. water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. maple extract
Orange food coloring

Stir flour, salt, water, oil, and cream of tartar together in a sauce pan. Add pumpkin pie spice and the maple extract. Add food coloring until desired color. You can mix red and yellow food coloring to make orange, or Wilton sells some great food colorings of any shade. I found a really pretty orange.

pumpkin pie playdough

Heat mixture until dough pulls away from sides of pan. Remove from heat and turn out onto waxed paper to cool. Knead together until the consistency of play dough. When not in use, store in a sealed container like a gallon sized Ziploc bag.

My kids really loved playing with this pumpkin pie play dough. It really does smell like pumpkin pie!

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