Playdough that smells good enough to eat?  Exactly. Take playdough sensory play to a whole new level by adding the sense of smell. And, ok, your kids COULD eat it, too. Although I wouldn’t recommend it. Rather salty…

Best part? This is a no-cook recipe that comes together in minutes using a Kitchen Aid mixer. Perfect for a rainy afternoon or when you need to give little fingers something to do while you get dinner on the table.

Fall Sensory Play: How to Make Pumpkin Playdough - (cool) progeny

Extend the learning by using a pumpkin cookie cutter and shapes to make funny jack-o-lantern faces. It’s a great way to bring up subjects like emotions. Think Meg Ryan in French Kiss: “Happy – smile. Sad – frown. Use the corresponding face for the corresponding emotion.”

Both my five-year-old and toddler love playing with this playdough. Stores beautifully in a mason jar with lid. If it gets a little dry, just add a few drops of water and mush it around a bit.

Fall Sensory Play: How to Make Pumpkin Playdough - (cool) progeny

how to make pumpkin playdough


1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup boiling water
1 tablespoons of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
pinch of ginger
red and yellow food coloring (if desired).


Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.

Add boiling water. {I found the easiest way to do this was heat up a tea pot and then measure out a cup of hot water. Then I had another cup of water for tea.} Add in your food coloring, if desired. Just a few drops of each color should do the trick.

Using the dough hook on your kitchen aid mixer, mix the dough until it reaches ‘play’ consistency. If you don’t have a mixer, you can certainly mix by hand! But you’ll get to a point where you’ll want to ditch the spoon and mix by kneading. If you feel like your dough is too watery, add more flour. Too dry? More water. You get the gist.

Allow to cool for a few minutes.