Today I broke out the pumpkin pie spice yet again and made some homemade playdough. I love the simplicity of the recipe I found through Pinterest on the blog Messy Kids All you need is baking soda, cornstarch, and water! (Plus the pumpkin pie spice and food coloring if you want to add scent and color).
I halved the original recipe and it made more than enough Pumpkin playdough for Trevor:
🎃 1 cup baking soda
🎃 1/2 cup cornstarch
🎃 3/4 cup water
🎃 Pumpkin Pie Spice
🎃 Red and Yellow food coloring (to make orange)
Mix together the baking soda, cornstarch, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan. Mix together the water and food coloring in a bowl and then add to the dry ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it forms a dough. Let the dough cool, knead it a little bit, and then it’s ready to play with!
I set up this Invitation to Play with playdough Jack-O-Lanterns by providing Trevor with a bunch of loose parts along with the dough. He had pipe cleaners, small foam leaves, googly eyes, plastic beads, marbles, and buttons to work with. I was surprised at how much fun he had making pumpkins! He played for over an hour, which is huge for him.
At first he just made faces on the pumpkins, but then he started burying all of the loose parts inside the playdough. So we ended up playing hide-and-seek with all of the objects which is an excellent way to work on hand strengthening and improve those fine motor skills (in addition to being tons of fun!).