Fall Scented Homemade Playdough Recipe

Fall is in the air and it is the perfect time to bring new activities to the table for my toddler and preschooler. I decided that we would give a go at homemade playdough with an autumn twist to it!

Autumn Themed Playdough

Playdough is a huge hit in our house any day but this was the first time we created it!  It only took a few ingredients and both kids were able to participate. Even more, we were able to add colors and scents to the dough which takes the sensory play to an all new level.

Playdough Supplies Needed

The playdough was incredibly easy to make! Here is a quick list of tools you need.

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Small Bowls for each color/scent
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Mason Jars

These are super simple! I gave both kids whisks so they could work together. The jars are for storing the playdough but you can use plastic bags or any type of airtight container.

Playdough Ingredient List

All of the ingredients were things I already had in my kitchen (with the exception of food coloring). Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need.

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar (I have read this is optional but I used it in mine)
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Food coloring
  • Spices (I used a couple shakes of each – I used Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Clove, and Allspice)
  • 1 ยฝ Cups Hot Water

Playdough Recipe

We took a big bowl and mixed the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil. Once this is thoroughly combined, add in the hot water. You can bring it almost to a boil or put it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Stir the ingredients until your dough forms.

From here, I separated the dough into quarters and placed in our 4 bowls. I created a little bowl with the dough and dropped in my colors and spices. I did red color with cinnamon, orange with pumpkin pie spice, yellow with allspice, and brown with cloves. Then we kneaded each doughball and mixed the pigment and scents.

It was a super easy activity and has kept the kids entertained for hours. I’d love to hear how your playdough making went and what spices you incorporated into yours!

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