Pumpkin Pie Playdough – Scented & Taste Safe

Whip up a batch of this festive pumpkin playdough for the little pumpkin in your life. It’s easy to make with simple pantry ingredients and the pumpkin spice scent is perfect for Fall!

I just love making homemade playdough. Not only is it easy to make, but a new batch of the homemade stuff tends to keep my kids occupied for a long time.

Pumpkin pie playdough rolled out on a cutting board and cut into a pumpkin shape.

In fact, I had to take away this batch of pumpkin pie playdough because we needed to move onto something else and my girls were still engrossed in their play. Of course, I stored it away in a zip-top bag, so they can play with all of its pumpkin spice goodness again tomorrow. (This post contains affiliate links, read my privacy policy here.)

As much as I love making homemade playdough, we also buy loads of Play-Doh from the store, too. It’s one of Allison’s favorite things to play with and she asks for “Doh-Doh” every single day without fail.

Now that I have made a batch of homemade pumpkin playdough for her, I think I will be doing it more often. My next batch maybe this Sparkly and Scented Playdough. I haven’t made it since before she was born and I think she would really enjoy it.

pumpkin pie play dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin and pumpkin cookie cutter.

Why is it called pumpkin pie playdough?

Anyway, back to the pumpkin pie playdough. This playdough is called pumpkin pie because of it’s color and the scent. I used a generous amount of pumpkin pie spice in this recipe to make it smell like a freshly baked pie.

I played around with the coloring to make it look like real pumpkin pie. The food coloring I used was gel food coloring. I mixed mostly yellow with some red to get to this color.

Pumpkin playdough in a mini pie plate.

Why Make Homemade Playdough?

There are so many reasons! Here are a few:

  1. A fresh batch will keep most kids occupied for a while – homemade playdough is almost magical that way!
  2. You can customize it any way you like with different colors and scents (like this Kool-aid playdough recipe).
  3. Homemade playdough is actually very easy to make. The hardest part is stirring it on the stove when it starts to pull together. It’s all worth it when you get to the end result.
  4. It makes a huge batch, so you don’t have to worry about the colors mixing together right away. There is also enough for more than one kid to play with the same batch.
  5. If you’re into cooking with your kids, you can get even the littlest kids involved with this recipe.
  6. You know exactly what is in it: all pantry ingredients. So, if you have a curious child who wants to taste it (like mine) – it won’t hurt them.

Pumpkin playdough on a cutting board with a rolling pin and pumpkin shaped cookie cutter.

How do you make scented Playdough?

We love using spices to make scented playdough. Our favorites are pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. You can also use a Koolaid packet to add a fun scent and color to your homemade scented playdough.

What does cream of tartar do in playdough?

Cream of tartar is an acid that contributes to the soft and smooth texture of homemade playdough. If you want to understand more about what cream of tartar actually is, check out this post from The Kitchn.

Pumpkin spice play dough shaped like a pumpkin.

How do you make scented Playdough with pumpkin?

Although we don’t use any actual pumpkin in this recipe, we do use pumpkin pie spice, which gives you that pumpkin spice scent you are looking for. We also use a combination of red and yellow food coloring to get that perfect orange pumpkin color in our pumpkin playdough recipe.

pumpkin pie play dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin and pumpkin cookie cutter.

How to Make Pumpkin Play Dough

Yield: 3 cups playdough
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Estimated Cost: $3

Whip up a batch of this festive pumpkin playdough for the little pumpkin in your life. It's easy to make with simple pantry ingredients and the pumpkin spice scent is perfect for Fall!

Materials

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 18 drops yellow gel food color
  • 6 drops red gel food color

Tools

  • Stove
  • Small saucepan​
  • Rubber spatula

Instructions

    1. Start with a medium saucepan.
    2. Whisk together the flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and cream of tartar.
    3. Mix in water, oil, and food coloring.
    4. Heat stove to medium-high heat.
    5. Mix continuously until a ball forms. (this takes 5-10 minutes and some muscle).
    6. Pour pumpkin playdough onto a clean surface and let cool just until you can touch it - about 1 minute.
    7. Knead until smooth and no longer sticky.
    8. Play!

Notes

Note: Store pumpkin pie playdough in an airtight container when not in use. It should stay fresh for 3 months.

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Whip up a batch of this festive pumpkin pie playdough for the little pumpkin in your life. It's easy to make with simple pantry ingredients and the pumpkin spice scent is perfect for Fall!

I love how this pumpkin playdough turned out. It is so soft and smells great. It also made a big enough batch that both of my daughters had plenty to play with.

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