Pumpkin Spice Playdough and Fall Holiday Fun

October 7, 2010
Happy Fall! Here’s two fun playdough recipes to celebrate the season as well as the holidays ahead.


Pumpkin Spice Playdough – Cook Method




½ cup flour                           ½ cup salt                           
1 cup water                          1 Tbs. cooking oil
1 Tbs. cream of tartar           ¼ tsp. ground cloves
2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice     6 drops red food colouring   
14 drops yellow food colouring

Stir all ingredients except food colouring together and place in a saucepan over medium heat (4-5 on stove setting). Stir the dough constantly until it forms a ball or the dough starts to pull away from the sides and clump together in the middle.

Then take it out of the pan and knead it like bread dough. Add the food colouring and keep kneading. (Remember that food colouring will stain clothing and some surfaces so a mixing bowl is a great place to knead the dough)

Store in a plastic container with lid or in a ziplock bag when not in use.

When you cook play dough it becomes very pliable. The cream of tartar helps make it pliable and smooth as well.

Halloween Playdough – No Cook Method



2 cup flour
1 cup salt
2 Tbs. cooking oil
2 Tbs. cream of tartar
2 cup boiling water

Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing boil and add boiling water. Mix and knead dough until it becomes like a bread dough.

For Orange Colour: Mix 2 drops yellow food colouring to every 1 drop of red until you reach the desired colour of orange. A good start is 3 drops of red and 6 drops of yellow. Add more for a darker orange.

For Dark Grey/Black: Mix equal drops of red, blue and green food colouring. It does take a lot of drops to make the playdough black.


More Playdough Fun



When working with any art medium I love to consider how a parent, teen or adult could stretch the fun into more than one activity. So here are some ideas.

1)  Explore the medium on it’s own for the fun of it. Squish It, Pull It, Twist It.

2) Can you make a game with the play dough. See our Treasure Play Dough Game below.

3)  How about decorating for the season. Make playdough pumpkins to put on your Thanksgiving table. Extend the activity further by adding nature in. An afternoon walk to pick up leaves and fall nature wonders can be added around and underneath your pumpkins.

4) Have fun with it. Check out our Halloween Goblet activity.


Treasure Play Dough Game






Take a simple plastic toy and wrap it with playdough into a ball. Children then can dig into the balls of dough to find a prize. We've added a plastic bat ring inside here. This can make a great party idea as well.


Halloween Goblet



This Halloween Goblet was made for under $5.00 by finding this spooky plastic goblet and a few creepy plastic Halloween critters from the dollar store. Simply make the Halloween Playdough above and twist the black and orange playdough together and stuff into the goblet. Add creepy critters and bits and pieces into the playdough.

If you don't have a goblet like this that's ok. Just have fun and be creative. We would love to see your seasonal crafts and artwork. Show us your creativity by posting a photo on the ArtPlusUS facebook fanpage.

Best Wishes and Happy Creating

Linda
 

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