Can you believe fall is almost here?  I look forward to this season every year.  There are so many fun holidays and activities to do with your kids.  Now if only the weather here would cooperate!  My kids are getting older, but they still love playdough.  Here is a fun recipe from for parents and au pairs to get into the mood for fall.

Total Time Needed:

2-3 Hours

Your little one might not be old enough to bake
holiday desserts, but she can still celebrate the season with this
pumpkin-inspired play dough. In honor of the beloved fall fruit, we dyed the
dough orange and added pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to it, which makes it
smell — but not taste — good enough to eat.

Ages: 18 months and

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring (we used 6 drops of red and 15 drops
    of yellow)
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan. Add the oil, water, and
    food coloring and whisk until smooth. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula,
    cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to 4
  2. Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the dough
    until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute. The dough will keep up to a week
    in a ziplock bag.
  3. Step 3 - Pumpking Pie Play Dough
    To make stems, place some pasta (we used fusilli) in a ziplock bag. Add five
    drops of green food coloring and a teaspoon of water. Seal the bag, then let
    your tot squish the pasta around until it’s tinted. Pour the pasta onto a piece
    of waxed paper and let it dry for about five minutes before pressing it into
    your pumpkins.