Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Create wonderful memories tied to smell with this Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe, bringing the fun of sensory play to the season!

Imagine you’re smelling pumpkin pie just out of the oven.

What does it make you think of? Does it remind you of fall? Perhaps a favorite childhood memory of cooking in the kitchen or family gatherings?

Today we’ve invited by Erica of Elemeno-p to share in the Autumn play.

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Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe | Mommy Evolution


Have you ever tried making your own homemade playdough?

It’s super easy and cost-effective, but the best part is that you can experiment by making different colors and scents of playdough.

With Fall being right around the corner, we decided to try to make a new kind of playdough we’ve never made before… PUMPKIN PIE PLAYDOUGH!

You guys, this playdough smells so good that it’s almost super hard to not want to take a bite!

The aroma fills the house as your kids (and you!) play with the dough and it’s heavenly!

It makes my little Fall-lover heart happy!

You can even add some fun things to your pumpkin pie playdough, such as pumpkin shaped cookie cutters or even miniature pie pans!

Playdough Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 2 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie spice (or a combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Food Coloring (optional)


Place all ingredients in a pot and whisk them together.

Heat on med/high until mixture clumps together (happens very quickly)

Stir the mixture the entire time to prevent sticking

Once it clumps nicely, put on wax paper to cool

Add a few drops of baby oil or essential oil to give it soft texture (optional)

Add a few drops of desired food coloring (optional)

Pumpkin Pie Playdough

For our pumpkin pie play dough, I loved how the pumpkin pie spice made the dough a very natural tan color with specks of the spice throughout.

However, my little one wanted it to be orange like a pumpkin, so we added a few drops of red and yellow food coloring throughout and while it didn’t turn the dough completely orange, it gave it just a shade bit more of color.

Hands Holding Playdough

After your dough has cooled, knead it…who am I kidding?

While you’re “kneading” it, you’re playing already! ☺

This post is part of the Fall Sensory Play series, hosted by Mommy Evolution in partnership with The Sensory Spectrum. Go to the Fall Sensory Series to get the latest sensory fun for your kiddos!

Erica Leggiero, M.Ed. is the director and teacher of a preschool enrichment program. She firmly believes hands-on play is the way children learn about themselves, the people around them, their environment and for building skills needed for the big world! You’ll find her blogging about all things preschool at http://www.elemenopkids.com

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One Comment

  1. Just wondering how long this dough will keep?

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