My already quite full plate has become even more full. After a few years of staying at home with my four children, I am now easing back into the work force. I am very grateful for my position at a local preschool four days a week. I love my job! I love the sweet faces that greet me in the morning, I love that I can wear pumpkin shirts and pigtails to work, I love having lots of little people to sing and read with, and I love playing with play dough! In fact I believe that the world would be a much better place if everyone sat down with a big hunk of this soft, squishable stuff on a regular basis. It is the ultimate stress reliever, relaxer, and smile maker.
In my class we are finishing up our unit on "The Five Senses" and beginning to embark on our "Fall" theme. The director of my school printed this recipe in our October newsletter and I couldn't wait to try it. It is amazing! Pumpkin pie playdough has a soft smooth texture that isn't too crumbly and as it is kneaded and shaped it emits the aroma of pumpkin pie. . . nice! In fact, the mom who made us a double batch for our classroom told me that while she was mixing it her husband ran into the kitchen thrilled that a pumpkin pie was cooking. He was a little disappointed when instead he was greeted by a glob of flour, salt, and spices. She promised him a pumpkin pie soon.
The first day that I introduced pumpkin pie playdough in my classroom I gave the students each a big hunk and let them explore. They had a wonderful time using four out of their five senses and I enjoyed seeing what they created. We had a pumpkin pie volcano, mini pumpkin pies, a pumpkin monster, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. Throughout the week I added tongue depressors, rolling pins, wooden knives, and mallets to the play dough area. Next week I'll put out some tart pans, a cookie sheet, and a few seasonal cookie cutters. I like to stretch the preschoolers creativity by giving them just a few materials at a time and letting the dough and their imaginations lead the way.
I hope your imagination will also lead the way as you enjoy this recipe for pumpkin pie playdough with your favorite child!
Pumpkin Pie Playdough
5 1/2 cups flour
8 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 ounces pumpkin pie spice
2 cups salt
3/4 cups oil
4 cups water
orange food coloring (2 parts yellow to 1 part red or orange gel coloring)
- Mix all ingredients together in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough forms. The mixture becomes very thick so a big wooden spoon works well for stirring.
- When a ball begins to form, transfer dough to a floured surface. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
- When dough is cool store in an air tight container.
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