So I’m obviously a bit obsessed with adding Pumpkin Pie Spice to our Fall activities this year. But how can I not be? It makes everything smell so good! I saw this idea of painting with spices and yogurt on Pinterest awhile back.
Since Paige seems to love sensory play, I thought it would be a fun activity to do with her while Trevor was off at preschool. I put a little plain yogurt on a tray and sprinkled some Pumpkin Pie Spice on top. Then I rounded up a few orange objects and added them to the tray for her to explore as well.
To say Paige had fun doing this would be an understatement. Either that girl is going to have zero sensory issues, unlike her big brother, or she’s going to be a sensory seeker. She LOVES getting messy!
I linked up with the Weekly Kids Co-Op this week. You should head on over and check it out for more fun ideas!
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!).
I think I’m in love. This sensory bin is awesome. It smells just like Fall when you’re playing in it. Oh yeah, and Trevor loves it too 🙂 I’ve seen the idea of scenting sensory bins floating around Pinterest, but I finally got around to doing it this year. It is so easy to do too. I dyed the rice orange by adding in the usual food coloring and rubbing alcohol combo, but I also shook in a bunch of Pumpkin Pie Spice during the mixing process. The added sensory experience of smell is simply fabulous. It is extra calming for Trevor for sure. He is engaging with this bin so much more than usual. We’ve played with it every night this week! I will definitely be adding scents to more of our sensory play activities from now on.