Pumpkin Play Doh


3 cups of flour

1 1/2 cups of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (in the spice section)

3 cups water

3 tablespoons oil

1 container of pumpkin pie spice (about one ounce)

red and yellow (or orange) food coloring


Mix dry ingredients (except pumpkin pie spice) in a big cooking pot. Blend liquids into the middle of the dry ingredients. Combine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about five minutes.)

Turn onto a counter. Add the entire container of pumpkin pie spice and food coloring. Knead until smooth. Add more food coloring if needed and knead it in until it is the color you want.

Store in an airtight container. We store ours in a baggie, and it lasts for a whole preschool year.


The play doh recipe is from "The Complete Tightwad Gazette" by Amy Dacyczyn. The pumpkin flair is from the Omaha World Herald.