Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Playdough is the perfect sensory fall experience for children! It’s fun and easy to make, too.
This pumpkin pie playdough recipe is the perfect fall sensory activity for kids!
We’ve been in the mood for pumpkin projects lately. Yesterday my younger children and I mixed up this fun pumpkin pie playdough, and we had fun making pretend pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin rolls. They look surprisingly realistic!
I used my tried-and-true favorite playdough recipe and just added spices and food coloring to make it look like pumpkin.
pumpkin pie playdough

Pumpkin Pie Playdough


  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • food coloring: I used about 20 drops of red and 45 drops of yellow


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat and stir constantly for about 3 to 5 minutes.  It will look runny and begin to form into a ball as you cook and stir it.  (Even if it looks too watery, just keep stirring and cooking it.)
  2. After it forms into a ball in the center of the pot and you can no longer stir it (it will get very thick), remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Remove the dough from the pan and knead it well.  You may need to add some flour to get it just the right consistency (but don’t add too much or it won’t be as soft and pliable).  I find if I cook it long enough it doesn’t need any additional flour.
  4. Cool and store in an airtight container.  I usually divide the dough into four parts (one for each of the younger children) and store each child’s dough in a resealable plastic bag.  Then I store all of their bags in a larger plastic container with a lid.  This keeps for a long time (months) if you keep it in an airtight container (in some locations, it may last longer if kept in the refrigerator).
Note: The above recipe makes a large amount of dough. If you need less, you may want to try halving the ingredients.
pumpkin pie playdough
Just add a pie tin, some pumpkin cookie cutters, and a rolling pin, and you’ll be all set for an afternoon of pretend baking!


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  1. Love this, Joy! How fun to make plain old playdough into such a multisensory joy for Fall.

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  2. What a fun idea to add the spices for festive playdough! Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting today from the Embracing Home and Family link up. Have a great weekend Joy!

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