If you are looking for a way to keep the littles or grandlittles busy on Thanksgiving, or any day for that matter, this homemade Pumpkin Pie Playdough recipe and Turkey building activity are the answer! An amazing smelling, homemade playdough is the base for fun. So much so that even grown ups will find themselves wanting to have a turn at play!
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Make enough to entertain the kids and some to send home with them as well – just place inside a plastic goodie bag and add a simple handmade tag to identify the scent.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Playdough
2 cups Flour
2 cups of Water
1 c up of Salt
1 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
1.In a large saucepan over medium heat combine all ingredients except vanilla.
2.Stir constantly until mixture begins to pull away from sides of pan and forms a ball.
3.Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
4.Flip dough out onto a flour coated surface and allow it to cool enough to handle.
5.Knead dough for 1-2 minutes until it begins to soften and becomes smooth.
Cooked playdough will last for months if kept in an airtight container versus uncooked playdough.
Turkey Building Activity
To create a fun play station for Thanksgiving day or any other time you need to keep the kids busy and entertained – Pick up a round relish tray from Dollar Tree. Place playdough in the center and fill each slot with items for making turkeys or just for free play.
In our tray I placed tools like fall cookie cutters, a roller, and craft sticks for “cutting” in one, craft feathers in another, googley eyes of various sizes in the next, and finally some yellow, orange, and brown pipe cleaners cut to small lengths. You could also set out acorns, leaves, sticks, and other fall items for children to make impressions in the playdough.
Set tray out on a low table to invite children to play- they can build cute and wacky turkeys or just roll and shape to their hearts content!Print
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 cups of Water
- 1 c up of Salt
- 1 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
- 2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Nutmeg
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- In a large saucepan over medium heat combine all ingredients except vanilla.
- Stir constantly until mixture begins to pull away from sides of pan and forms a ball.
- Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
- Flip dough out onto a flour coated surface and allow it to cool enough to handle.
- Knead dough for 1-2 minutes until it begins to soften and becomes smooth.
- Cooked playdough will last for months if kept in an airtight container versus uncooked playdough.
About Jody: I am a Florida girl through and through living the semi-country, small town life. I am making my way through it with my amazing hubby, 2 beautiful kids, 2 of the best Dachshunds to ever walk the face of the earth, massive amounts of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. I homeschool, craft, cook, scrapbook, garden, raid the thrift shops, snap 1,000’s of photos, and read when I can grab a spare minute (which is rare). You can find me blogging at Simply Southern Sunshine.