Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough


 pumpkin pie play dough for fall

We decided to remove a leaf from our fall bucket list and make some autumn themed play dough. This play dough smells so incredibly yummy. It smells just like pumpkin pie. I was constantly opening the bag just to sniff it. I carried it around with me and made all of my friends smell it too. I'm amazed and I adore it.

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
maple extract
vanilla extract
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff.

As it mixes you can see if you'll need more food dye. We tried to be conservative at first, because I didn't want it to be too vibrant. We added a little at a time until we acheived the right color.

Once it's finished cooking, turn out onto wax paper and allow to cool.

The pumpkin pie spice was too spicy by itself, for my liking. The extracts make it smell sweeter, just like a pumpkin pie. Sniff the dough. Does it smell too spicy? Add a little bit more extract and knead it all together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it's too dry, add a few drops of water.

play with pumpkin pie play dough


The Play


The smell is wonderful, and the texture is perfect. We brought it along to a play date and the kids had a lot of fun playing with it. I brought along a muffin tin, some wooden spoons, and a full size rolling pin for them to use. R happily made all kinds of pumpkin baked goods. And he's asked to play with it several times since then.

What are your favorite fall scents?

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41 comments:

  1. I can't wait to make some pumpkin pie playdough! Your newest follower visiting from Sunday showcase. I shared on fb, twitter, and +1, and pinned you =)

    Thanks for sharing
    Amber

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  2. Yum! It would make me hungry all day long, too. I've got to make some. Also found you off the Sunday Showcase.

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  3. I love this time of the year- everything pumpkin! Thank you for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

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  4. Amber- Thank you so much for sharing my blogpost! I'm honored and glad that you liked it!

    Brooke- Thanks for taking the time to comment. Let me know how yours turns out when you make it! I hope you love it as much as I do!

    Aimee- Thank you again, for hosting such a wonderful linky. I'm in love with pumpkin right now.

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  5. What a great idea and now I have found out the ingredients for pumpkin pie spice I can't wait to make it. So seasonal

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  6. We made this today, and it was great! Something new for me. Thanks for posting.

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  7. I'm a huge pumpkin fan! Just posted this to Twitter! (P.S. Check out all the pumpkin recipes on Family Fun website - esp. the pumpkin smoothie!)

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  8. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I hope you all really enjoy it!

    Michele, thank you so much for sharing my post! I'm definitely going to visit that website and hopefully try out some more pumpkin recipes. The pumpkin smoothie sounds amazing! And it's still warm enough here to be doable. Thanks for sharing that link.

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  9. I can't remember who linked to this, but I found your pumpkin pie play dough somehow, and "pinned" it. I made it today, and my 23-month old and 4-year old had great fun. And yes, it smelled heavenly! Thank you!

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  10. I'm so thrilled you all liked it! Did it make you want to just sniff it all day long? I carried the bag around with me when we weren't playing with it. True story. Haha. Thank you for stopping by and telling me how it went!

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  11. I love this! I "featured" you on my blog (I don't have a cool feature button...yet though).

    You have a great site, and I am now following!

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  12. Yum! Just tweeted your post, I'm home with my youngest for a sick day tomorrow so we're going to add this to our fun things to do list to help her feel better!

    : )
    Fondly,
    pink and green mama,
    MaryLea

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  13. Thank you so much for featuring my blog post! I'm thrilled with or without the button! I really appreciate it, and I'm so glad you made it and liked it, Slightly Nerdy Sometimes Cool.

    And thank you for sharing my post, MaryLea. I hope that you and your daughter like it, and I really hope she gets to feeling better soon! Feel free to let me know what you think of it!

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  14. Hi, Joyce! I did try this with my Baby Bear, but I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet. It was amazing!!! I LOVE this dough! It smells wonderful, and the texture is a little softer than other recipes I've tried, which is perfect for my 1-year-old. :)
    Sonya from The Three Bears Get Crafty

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  15. Oh this just sounds awesome! I love the smell of pumpkin pie. I've featured it in my latest Five Fun Ideas post!

    http://www.cometogetherkids.com/2011/10/five-more-fun-ideas-for-halloween-and.html

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

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  16. So cool! I'm your newest follower from www.createdbycori.blogspot.com

    Would you follow me back? Can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!

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  17. Thank you so much, Laura! I hope that you love it as much as we do, if you decide to make it. I can't tell you how excited I am that you featured my post! Thanks again! I LOVE your fall and Halloween parties!

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  18. Cori, thanks so much for stopping by and for the follow! I'll definitely stop by and check out your blog! I can't wait!

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  19. This was featured today on Over the Big Moon! Check the post out here: http://overthebigmoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/thanksgiving-pre-k-pack.html

    Also, feel free to grab our Featured Button! Thanks for the great idea and I'm your newest follower!

    Pam
    www.overthebigmoon.com

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  20. Hi Pam! Thanks so much for featuring my post! That was a nice surprise! I hope you like the play dough.

    I'm now following you and I'm enjoying your blog.

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  21. i wantr to eat it it smells sooooo good!! (PS I dont know how come I missed this...stupid blogger ;) )

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  22. I'm so glad you liked it, Katie! I was hoping you would realize what it was. I had to smash the play dough into a pancake to get it to fit in the envelope. Haha. We just got a letter that says we need to go pick up your Halloween package to us. So I'll pick it up tomorrow!

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  23. Omg, looks like it smells so yummy! I would have a hard time not eating this :-) Forget about the kids!

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  24. Haha! I tried it and it doesn't taste good. It's so deceiving. I didn't expect it to taste good, but had to try it anyways. The smell won me over. Smells good! Tastes bad! Lol

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  25. how do u keep the kids from eating it LOL

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  26. Haha! I'm not sure, Melinda. I tell them it's not for eating and I guess they take me at my word, for the most part. I've only had one little girl try it, and it was only one bite. It tastes horrible. Lol. At least it is made from all edible kitchen ingredients :)

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  27. I can't wait to make this with my kids. Please share this at my Fabulous Friday link party!

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2011/11/fabulous-friday-link-party.html

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  28. I hope that you love it as much as we did! Please let me know what you think! I just shared it on your linky. Thanks for the invite!

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  29. How much dough does this make? I have a kindergarten class of 24 and I'd love to make this with them tomorrow. Thanks!

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  30. Hi littlestar! I'm sorry I'm just seeing your comment. I hope that it's not too late. I've never measured the actual dough. The time I made this I just divided it into two bigger balls- one for my son and one for his little friend. I have since doubled the recipe for little goody bags and doubling the recipe gave me six balls of playdough that are a little bigger than a baseball. I'm not sure how much you want each child to have though. The baseballish sized amount was a good bit for my 4 and a half year old son. Does that help at all? I haven't made it in such large quantities. I will say that I think it would probably be somewhat difficult to make it all at once if you are going to make it larger than doubling the recipe. You could maybe do two double batches and see what you think. Or a double batch and a single. Or even do it a single batch at a time until you have the amount you need. It doesn't take long at all. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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  31. Hi Joyce! Thanks so much! I just split he kids up into four groups and followed the recipe for each group of six. The kids got a similar amount to the tiny party play-doh containers. They loved it! Thanks for the idea and your help! :)

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  32. I'm so glad they loved it, littlestar. Thank you for giving my recipe a try!

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  33. ooooh! this sounds sooo yummy! we tried strawberry and Bear thought it smelled bad! i'm totally pinning this for when fall comes around again!

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  34. I love pumpkin pie and this looks like such a fun idea to do with my little ones! I've included it in my 15 Halloween Kids Craft Round-Up. You can find the post here: http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/10/15-halloween-kid-crafts.html

    Thanks
    Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

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  35. I'm a preschool teacher. I'm wondering how would you recommend storing this dough? And... any idea how long the shelf life is?

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  36. Hi! To the question above (sorry my reply feature isn't working for me), it is usually recommended that you store homemade play dough in the fridge. However I do not store mine there and it lasts several months. Honestly, months and months and months. We basically just decide it's time to throw it away at random so we can make some more. But I do think it has something to do with your particular weather. If you can't store it in the fridge (or just don't want to like me :) I would just periodically check it. I've never had any mold or any play dough just become icky and we've kept some as long as 7 or 8 months. I hope that helps some! Thank you so much for reading.

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  37. I don't have any maple extract... will it matter if I just omit it?

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  38. Hi Amy! The extracts are what give it the sweet smell, but a lot of recipes omit the extracts all together. You can definitely omit it. And if you have the vanilla, I'm sure it will still smell sweet. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out! Thank you for reading!

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  39. I cant wait to do this with my niece whom is blind and smells are a big deal. Thanks

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  40. I hope your niece really enjoys it! Please let me know how she likes it! Thank you so much for reading. Your comment means a lot to me.

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  41. This is my favorite recipe for playdough that we have found on pinterest! We have since done "stuffy nose playdough" with eucalyptus, lavender and rosemary oils, and even bedtime playdough with a whole bunch of lavender.
    Also, when put away properly (which only happens 1/3 of the time in our house), this stuff keeps its consistency forever. We are currently playing with pumpkin pie playdough we made LAST Thanksgiving.
    And the oil in it leaves my hands soft not sticky.
    So in short, we LOVE this! Thank you!

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