October brings a certain nip in the air, amazing colours on the trees, apple picking and pumpkin spice. Coffee, tea, muffins, cupcakes, donuts and Lattes here there and everywhere we love ourselves some pumpkin spice. Why not extend this lovely tradition to our children? While we build memories with our kids this fall, lets include them in the pumpkin spice all the things!
I have adapted our favourite play dough recipe to evoke all the memories of fall so you can start creating some of your own.
PUMPKIN SPICE PLAY DOUGH
2 c. flour
2 c. salt
4 Tbsp cream of tartar (buy this at the Bulk Barn - it is MUCH cheaper)
1 Tbsp of Pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove)
Mix the above ingredients in a pot - no heat yet!
In a separate bowl mix:
4 Tbsp cooking oil
2 c. water
Orange Colouring (gel is best) - dissolve in water
Add the coloured water/oil mixture to the dry ingredients in the pot. Stir and mix until well blended. Put onto low/medium heat and continue to stir until mixture turns into a dough. Remove from heat and let cool. Work the dough with your hands and put in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container. Do not bake
If you are looking for some other ways to play with play dough, I would encourage you to consider adding Measure up cups to your toy collection. I really love this toy because it remains relevant for early toddlers all the way to school age kiddos.
Extend their learning by making imprints of the animals on the bottom of the cups in the play dough . The animals get larger as the numbers on the cups increase. Have your toddler arrange the animals from biggest to smallest.
Happy FALL everyone!