The other day little Miss Maddie and I came up with a fun little fall activity that is so much fun I had to share. I can’t remember why but we decided it was time to make some play dough, and one thing led to another and we had the wonderful idea to make it into pumpkin spice play dough by adding in some orange food colouring and some spices.
It turned out great, and smells just like fall to me.
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 cup water
- food colouring (yellow + red = orange)
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan.
- Heat gently, stirring all the time.
- When the dough has a good consistency, take it off the heat and allow to cool.
- Store in a sealed container to keep it from drying out.
Of course new play dough meant we needed to dig out some fall cookie cutters, and then we needed pie plates, and then we started to think of other fun things we could add it to the fun.
We got a little carried away, to both of our delight. We had so much fun coming up with fun things to add to our play dough for fall. We added mini popsicle sticks, some foil fall leafs from the dollar store, cookie cutters, buttons, fall cupcake pics, fall coloured pom moms, fall coloured craft feathers, some star anise and whole cloves, large and small cupcake liners, cinnamon sticks, silk sun flowers, and silk leaves. The possibilities really are endless…and so is the fun.
A real favourite was playing with the real whole spices. The star anise make such a pretty patterns in the play dough, and the cloves and cinnamon sticks are perfect stems, or eyes, or just about anything really.
It was so much fun that we even made a set for a friend. I think it would be the perfect sweet gift for any littles in your life this weekend, since it’s Thanksgiving here in Canada.
With home made pumpkin spice play dough, life really is a party!