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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A pumpkin playdough recipe that spinkles around some spiced autumn warmth!

Make up a batch of bright orange playdough or buy a tub of commercial Doh and dust the surface with a mix of pumpkin pie spice
nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and all spice.

This sensory explosion will imprint a memory on everyone taking part and celebrate the harvest season, including All' Hallow's Eve as one of scent filled play!  Add cutters, extruders, scissors and glitter so the creations can be personalised.

pumpkin spice playdough recipe

mpkin playdough recipe 

200gm plain flour 
150gm salt

200ml water

1 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

orange food colouring  

pumpkin pie spice mix

fine spice duster

pumpkin spice playdough recipe
Place the flour, salt, water, oil, and colouring in a saucepan and cook over a moderate heat. Once a firm ball of dough has formed remove the saucepan and leave to cool. Knead to make it soft and smooth,adding hand moisturiser if wanted, gold glitter and the spice mix. Roll,cut and enjoy!

Alternatively, the recipe doesn't have to be cooked. If children want to mix the dough in a large bowl, the ingredients combine just as well, however the finished dough won't keep for quite as long. A spoonful of cream of tartar and some hand cream will help to prolong its play time.

Halloween Jack O Lantern faces made from orange pumpkin playdough

Set up an 'invitation' to play by filling small pots with playdough and including some table confetti, threading beads and craft stems to curl up into twisted pumpkin tendrils. Wind the stems around a finger or a pencil to the achieve the curliness we associate with the pumpkins of autumn fall.

For older sculptors, turn the pot upside down and model the dough around the outside to turn it into a light! Cut shapes from the doughy surface and place a battery tealight underneath. Have fun with your orange playdough, pumpkin games and Jack 'O' Lantern making. 

Pumpkin playdough display - children's invitation to play
Pumpkin playdough Jack O Lantern ativity
Want more pumpkin playdough ideas? this page has the printables to make a pumpkin patch counting game and here you'll find mats for shape sorting

Pumpkin patch playdough counting game - preschool number learning activity

Buy Jack O Lantern cutters on
Fine spice dusters on
Buy extruder tools on
Buy craft stems on
Buy battery candles to light yup your playdough pumpkins on


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