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Autumn craft: Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

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 up

Materials

  • 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)

Instructions

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 minutes.

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.

Step 3 - Pumpking Pie Play Dough

3. 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.

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