Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activity

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This pumpkin spice play dough sensory activity is quick to prep and so fun! Store bought play dough can be expensive, especially in larger quantities. It is cheaper and a whole lot more fun to make your own! This pumpkin spice play dough recipe smells so delicious. As long as the kids are old enough to know to not try to eat it, this is my favorite go-to recipe for play dough. I have incorporated many different play dough activities over the years and they never disappoint!

*Pair with our Pumpkin Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

This pumpkin spice play dough is easy to make, and is perfect for dramatic play and sensory exploration this fall in the classroom or home!

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activity

This pumpkin spice play dough is so simple to make! As an added bonus, after making a batch my kitchen smells amazingly delicious. Let’s gather our ingredients!

To make your own pumpkin spice play dough, you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 drops yellow food coloring, 4 drops of red food coloring
  • 1 cup flour
  • Dash of pumpkin pie spice
You may want to gather some mini-pie tins and a rolling pin to make pretend mini-pumpkin pies.


In a medium sauce pan, combine the water, salt, and cream of tartar on low heat and stir until well combined. Add the oil and food coloring. Slowly add the flour while stirring.

Once the dough starts to form, transfer the mixture to a lightly floured cutting board. Continue kneading the dough while adding in a dash of pumpkin pie spice.

Store the dough in a zipper plastic bag for up to a few weeks.

While prepping the dough, the kids can learn how to measure liquids and dry ingredients properly. They can also help with stirring the pumpkin spice play dough.

Afterwards, they will be sure to enjoy lots of imaginative play dough fun while working on important fine motor skills. You may want to gather some mini pie tins and a rolling pin. We love to use child size rolling pins!

My kids love making pretend pies and opening a pretend bakery.

Perhaps sneak in some early math skills with a pretend pumpkin pie shop! My kids love to make pretend cookies, donuts, pies, and cakes. So many possibilities!

For even more hands-on learning fun, grab these bakery play mats!

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