Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

I wanted to create some activities that would keep the kiddos entertained for a while on Thanksgiving day.  I decided to create a kit full of creative activities for our kids Thanksgiving table, including pumpkin pie play dough.

Homemade play dough is easy to make and you can add seasonal spices that fit with your holiday or theme. I used our old classic play dough recipe and simply added pumpkin pie spice to make it smell just like the real thing.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
orange food coloring

How to make it

1. Gather Ingredients.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan.  Then add the oil, water and food coloring, mix until smooth.  Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.

3. Spread wax paper on the counter and place the dough on the wax paper.  Let it cool slightly, then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute.

4. Store the dough in a airtight container or ziplock bag, it will keep for up to a week.

I put the sweet smelling play dough in small mason jars embellished with printables from Whimsically Detailed’s Thanksgiving package.  I also included paper feathers, real feathers, eyes, beak, and waddles for the kids to make their own pumpkin pie play dough turkeys.
You can also encourage the kids to create their own pumpkins, pies or just use fall cookie cutters to create their own masterpieces with their pumpkin pie play dough.  This Thanksgiving make the kids table the place to be with fun activities like this delicious smelling pumpkin pie play dough!


Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. cute. I love home made play dough. When I was little, many moons ago, there was wood playdough. It was so much fun. You could make things and they would dry and look like wood. Must have been toxic since it hasn't been around for ages. Maybe I should contact PlayDoh and ask about it.

  2. I bet this smells yummy! I don't have any small kids in the house but saving this idea for when the grandkids come. I love the little turkey you made with it.

  3. What an adorable party! I love it! Those turkey's are too cute 🙂


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