Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe

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Do you love making homemade play dough recipes? I have many different tutorials here in my site.

The air is becoming crisp outside and Autumn is in the air! Let’s make some Pumpkin Pie Play Dough! It is super easy! And this version is dye free!

(Make sure you check out all of my activities for kids while you’re here! We have some super awesome one!)

pumpkin pie play dough recipe

If you like this pumpkin scented recipe, I bet you will also love this gingerbread playdough recipe that is also perfect for fall and perfect for winter.


In a large pot (saucepan)  (like what you would use to boil a big batch of spaghetti noodles), dump in your flour.

Then add the salt.

Measure out the Cream of Tartar and add it to the pot.

Add in your Pumpkin Pie Spice and  stir.

Then add the oil.

And finally the water.

Like I said, I totally forgot about the food coloring, but this is where you can add it too.

Add the coloring until you get the desired tone of pumpkin you want.

Warm the ingredients up over a medium heat.

Stir, stir, stir.

Mix it until you get all the lumps out.

After about 5 minutes of stirring it will start to look like brown sugar.

This means you are good to go.

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Dump the dough out onto a floured space.

Start to knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.

learning with play dough

The correct dough consistency will look like this:

easy homemade play dough

Play and enjoy, but do not eat it.

You can smell it. Oh, it smells amazing!

We used cookie cutters and toys to make things and create.

So much fun!

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Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe

Check out this recipe for making pumpkin pie playdough that is truly so easy and smells just like fall!


  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 8 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 (35gm) container of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 4 cups of water


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the all of the dry ingredients.
  2. Stir to combine everything well.
  3. Pour in the oil and the water and add a few drops of food coloring.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Warm the mixture over medium heat on the stove top stirring continuously.
  6. Remove from heat after about 5 minutes or until the mixture resembles brown sugar.
  7. Dump the mixture onto a flour surface. Knead the mixture to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.
  8. Store in an air tight container to prevent drying out.


  1. Love, love and love this. I’ve never heard of it before! Definitely putting this on the list for the little girls to do this week.

    Pinned it.

    1. How awesome- let me know how it goes.

      Thank you so much for pinning it! (And for reading.)

  2. Crystal i SOOOOOO want to make this for my class!

  3. Kim Idell says:

    How fun! I want to make some. πŸ™‚

    1. Kim, Skylar would have so much fun with it. Great homeschool project.

  4. My mom had a play dough recipe similar to this when we were growing up. Great memories. You can add other “flavor” scents …she used vanilla a lot. As I remember, this product lasts longer than the store bought variety. Hands need to be washed afterward b/c of the salt, though! Thanks for posting this! πŸ™‚

    1. Awe Becki, that is so sweet.

      I will make sure they wash their hands. Great point!

  5. How fun! I would have never thought of using a scent in homemade playdough. I bet it smells amazing. I might have to make some for my youngest.

    1. Jen, I am storing it in a Ziplock bag to keep it from drying out. I can smell the pumpkin through the bag. Smells like fall.

  6. That sounds like something my kiddos would love. And anything that smells like pumpkin is a hit with me!

  7. Love this! Play dough is always a hit at our house and I would love the smell of pumpkin pie while the kids are playing with it!

  8. Oh girl! I have made homemade playdough a bagillion times but never with the smell of pumpkin pie! I’m thinking this would be a great treat for us this weekend. Although I might have to enjoy a little pumpkin latte while Charlie plays…Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  9. I love surrounding myself with wonderful smells. It brings me lots of joy and the idea of having the play dough smell like pumpkins is just wonderful.
    My boys are older now.. 14, 12 and 11 so they don’t like playing much with playdough.. however I do have my nephews and my niece that I can make this recipe with and play with them.
    Thanks for the step by step to make it easier for us to use.
    Will tweet this now. Too good not to tweet πŸ˜‰
    All the best,

    1. Awe, thanks for the tweet and thanks for reading.

      Honestly, the play dough recipes that require cooking have always turned me away. But, once I made this one it was so easy I really wanted everyone to see how simple it is. You cook it for a very short period of time just to combine everything and get the lumps out.

      Pass the recipe on to your nieces and nephews. I bet they would love this fun fall project.

      1. Eren Mckay says:

        Hi Crystal,
        Will do and I’m excited to make this here at home since I believe that the smells will be very therapeutic for me.
        Blessings always,

    1. I linked up. Thank you so much for the invite. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Lori! My boys were so creative with that play dough. I loved the spiderman body impressions as ‘skeletons’. They crack me up!

  10. I could bury my nose in a jar of pumpkin pie spice all day πŸ™‚ I think I like the natural color without the food coloring. So glad I stumbled upon this recipe. Thanks!

    1. Gwen, pumpkin pie spice is the smell of fall isn’t it. πŸ™‚

  11. OMG! This is delightful! I would have trouble not wanting to eat it lol. I am looking for guest speakers on my blog to post tutorials for the season. If you would be interested please please contact me. I would love to have you! Please come link this to my VIP party this weekend http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/10/vip-party-34.html and have a Happy Halloween!

  12. Erin @ Making Memories says:

    I bet this smells amazing! I would eat it =o)

  13. I bet my 9 year old would like this. It would give me an excuse to play with it too πŸ™‚

  14. OH MY!!! I LOVE pumpkin anything. I spotted this atthe bowdabra link party and just had to click. Can’t wait to try this with my girls. Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. This is awesome. I’ve made kool aid play dough but this is a new twist! Thanks!

  16. That looks like fun and I’m sure it smells good, too, my kids would probably want to eat it!

  17. Having kids make playdough would be such a great activity to do with friends on an after school play date. They could take turns choosing the scents and colors. Thanks for linking up and sharing at After School!

  18. Thanks for sharing on our After School LInk up. I know we’ll be making a batch of this for sure to incorperate sensory play after school. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Hope you’ll join us all year long as we share the activities we do after school with our children.

  19. I made two batches of this today to send to my son’s class Halloween party! In the first batch, it took FOREVER to make it stop being tacky to the touch, so in the second batch, I started with an extra cup of flour.

    I added 60 drops of food coloring in each batch, and got a pale orange color.

    It smells great!

    Each batch made ~8 cups of play dough!

    1. Amanda- how exciting. What a great treat to share with a classroom of kids!

  20. Destiny Thornton says:

    I’m a high school student in Early Childhood Careerscand I’m using this as a Fall Activities example. πŸ™‚ I love it

  21. What a great idea to add the pumpkin scent! My son is always asking to do play dough, so this is great!

  22. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe at Titus 2 Tuesday! Pinned it!

  23. I absolutely loathe the way playdough smells so this is a great idea! Will have to wait until my wee one is older, though. He still tries to eat the gross stuff.

  24. This is so cute. My students are studying pumpkins right now and it would be great to make some of this for them, since they love play doh too. Pinning!

  25. I have some pumpkin spice to use up. I think this will be in our plans if I have enough salt. Great idea. Visiting from TGIF linky.

  26. Love this recipe. I did have a chocolate play dough recipe…now this one whooo hoo!

  27. Hi-so fun!

    Could I use bread flour…I was given way more than I could use…

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