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Children love to play with dough. And no wonder! They can squish and pound it and form it into fascinating shapes. Making play dough with your child teaches measuring skills, math skills, language skills and more. It helps encourage waiting one’s turn, sharing ideas and new language development. Try it out this weekend. It’s a great way to interact and learn with your child. And it’s FUN!

How to make homemade pumpkin pie playdough

What you need:

  • 1 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • Orange food coloring

Mix it all up

  • In a large pot add food coloring first then add oil and water stir together
  • In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients together. Then add to food coloring, oil and water for cooking.
  • Cook over a medium heat until dough starts to form an become dry.
  • Does the dough look too sticky?  Just add extra flour. To floury? Add more water or oil or both. It’s that simple. Once you like the consistency, it’s time to cool then knead the dough on a floured surface for about 4 minutes.

Making it is half the fun!  So please be sure to let your child do as much of the measuring, mixing and kneading as possible. They can even try mixing the ingredient with their hands. During the process remember to encourage verbal skills by talking about what your child is doing. Asking open ended questions. And answering your child’s questions. If your child asks, “Can we make it a different color?” Give it a try.

Now it’s time to play with the playdough

Your child’s imagination and your’s are the only limits here. Cut it. Squeeze it. Put things in it. Make a snake. A rocket. Throw it. Catch it. It’s all up to you. You can even taste it! Yes! It’s edible but not at all sweet.

When finished seal in a zip-lock bag or airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

When you make Pumpkin pie playdough your child learns:

Math Skills

  • Measuring; fractions, cups, tablespoons…
  • Comparing & contrasting – bigger, smaller, lighter, darker…

Verbal Skills

  • Expanding vocabulary

Motor Skills

  • Mixing (with spoon & hands)
  • Pouring
  • Rolling

Reading Skills

  • Following written directions
  • Reading fractions & numbers

Sensory Skills

  • Feeling different textures
  • Different smells
  • Colors

And a lot more!

Doing cooking and science projects together with your children at home is a great way to help reinforce what we are learning at school and strengthen family bonds. I hope you have fun creating memories.

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