Playing with playdough is one of those activities that kids of all ages can enjoy. My girls had fun with playdough when they were toddlers, and now that they are older, they continue to like it. This activity makes it easy to have fun family time because it is something most of them can get involved in. And my girls playing with their little brother is an added bonus!
Do you know what makes playing with this playdough extra special? When you can make it yourself and it’s a taste safe recipe! Ayden’s little pumpkin that we used for other activities really served its purpose for fall science experiments. Lucky us, we saved some of those pumpkin seeds to use for this playdough. The seeds aren’t necessary for this playdough recipe, but we thought it would be nice to add to the playdough for an added sensory experience. So, would you like to know how we made it? Here’s how:
Gather your supplies:
- 1 box (16 oz) of cornstarch
- ½ -1 tsp pumpkin spice (or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or allspice)
- 1 can (15 oz) of Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin seeds (optional)
- 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil
What to do:
- In a large bowl, mix together the cornstarch, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin puree.
- Add in the pumpkin seeds, if you’re using them.
- Add in the vegetable oil a little at a time while you are forming and molding with your hands until you reach your desired playdough texture.
- Squish, pat, mold, poke, and roll the playdough to your heart’s content.
- While you’re at it, give it a taste!
This playdough is perfect for a multi-sensory experience because it used four out of five of our senses: the smell of pumpkin and spice; the taste of pumpkin and spice; the feel of the light cornstarch, pureed pumpkin, and seeds when squishing, patting, and molding; and the sight of how the playdough changed when adding ingredients and the colors of fall. The kids enjoyed shaping a pumpkin out of the playdough and simply squishing the playdough with their hands. Using acorns, pinecones, leaves, mini pumpkins, and/or cookie cutters adds to the play experience and extends the learning. We just used whatever we had lying around in the house!
While doing this activity with children, it’s important to describe what is happening as you make the playdough. Discuss what your senses experience and what changes occur as they create. Kaiya is very good with doing this with Mikayla and Ayden. She likes to ask open-ended questions to ensure Mikayla is learning something new and that Ayden’s vocabulary is being expanded.
Playing with playdough is a very calming activity. Ayden played with the pumpkin pie playdough for a good 20 minutes! He was calm and quiet and kept himself occupied with the playdough while the girls and I cleaned up the kitchen. It was perfect timing because right when he was finished playing, it was time for Ayden’s bath and bedtime. I undressed him right in the kitchen because I’d already spent a lot of time cleaning up the cornstarch and playdough. His clothes and shoes proved he had a lot of fun, and I wanted to leave the evidence right there and not throughout the rest of the house. If the weather is warm where you live and you’re dealing with a toddler or a preschooler, I highly suggest you do this activity outside. You’ve already seen why in the pictures! When you make this playdough, I would love to know what your family thinks of it!