I love Autumn. Last year Evie wasn’t old enough to take part in any autumnal activities, so I’m going a bit overboard at the moment and it’s not even the middle of September yet. I love everything about autumn, the smells that are associated with the season; cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves. The warm jumpers, blackberry picking, hot chocolates, crispy leaves, orange trees…eeek!! For this weeks messy monday we made some fall scented playdough.


I was feeling inspired by all the smells and colours of autumn and I am so happy with the result. I hate the smell of homemade playdough and the spices cover it perfectly. Although we did put quite a lot of spices in our mix! This is a no cook playdough so you don’t need to faff around with a pan.


For each individual coloured ball of playdough you will need:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2-3 tbsp of a spice (gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves…)
  • 3/4 cup freshly boiled water (aka the kettle)
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 mini bottle of food colouring

Step 1 – In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup of flour, 1/2 a tablespoon of cream of tartar and a two to three tablespoons of your chosen spice.

Step 2 – Next mix 3/4 cup of freshly boiled water in a separate jug or bowl with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and the food colouring. Mixing the food colouring with the water means that your colour will be consistent! We used a whole mini bottle of food colouring accidentally but it worked out well. I’d also recommend buying the actual colours you want. We had to mix green and red food colouring to make brown and then yellow and red for orange. The orange didn’t turn out too well!

Step 3 – Pour the water mix onto the mixed dry ingredients and stir together with a fork. When it starts to form into a dough ditch the fork and use your hands.

Step 4 – Keep kneading the dough till you have the consistency you want. If it’s too wet, sticky and falls apart easily add more flour. If it’s too dry, add more water.

It’s so quick and easy to make. Doesn’t the playdough smell devine?? Scented playdough is so much nicer than regular playdough. These smell so good that you’ll probably want to eat them, only I wouldn’t really recommend it. We did have to stop Evie when she first got her hands on it.

If you used cream of tartar the playdough will last for ages. Simply store it in a sandwich bag or airtight container until the next time you play.

Evie has never played with playdough before. As you can see from her face this was a confusing experience. She wasn’t sure about the texture and at first she didn’t understand why she couldn’t eat it.


She soon got the hang of being creative with it and helped to build playdough men and playdough cakes, but I think it’ll be a little while before she can play independently with this.

If you need some more playtime inspiration then check out the rest of the blog!

How do your little ones play with playdough? What do you think of our fall scented playdough? Would you try this?

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  1. September 11, 2015 / 7:01 am

    I bet these smell amazing! I havent made playdough since last year and that stuff while still usual probably could be replaced. I’ll have to give this a go! #PickNMix

    • September 12, 2015 / 1:13 pm

      You have to put in quite a bit of spice, but it covers up that horrible homemade playdough smell and really smells like autumn!! 😀 You should definitely try it. x

  2. September 11, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    What a brilliant idea! I love autumn too, and love autumn scents and colours – must try this! #picknmix

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much. 😀 I hope you enjoy it. x

  3. Stephanie
    September 11, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Looks great!! We love making no cook play dough here, deffo have to try some of these scents for our Autumn batches. I hope Evie enjoyed her first play with play dough!?

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      She enjoyed it a lot more the second and third time around. I think she was a bit confused why she couldn’t eat it at first. I hope you get to try it, it really smells devine and gets you really in the mood for fall. x

  4. September 13, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    I love the idea of Autumn scented play dough! You’ve managed to create really lovely seasonal colours too. We usually make pale blue, mint flavoured play dough (sometimes with a bit of glitter) which works really well too.

    • September 13, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      That sounds so cool. I love the addition of glitter too, i bet it’s so sparkly and smells delicious! x

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      They do smell so delicious!! 🙂 Thank you x

  5. September 14, 2015 / 7:53 am

    This looks fab, love the colours and scents you chose. #maternitymondays

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you so much Helen. The colours were sheer luck (we mixed different coloured food colouring to make the brown and burnt orange). It smells so delicious x

  6. Mum in Brum
    September 14, 2015 / 9:22 am

    This is such a good idea! I’ve never thought of making play-dough myself but this looks so easy. You are so creative x

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you so much Natalie. It is so easy. Although homemade playdough smells disgusting so the spices really cover it up. You can use anything too like lavender or rosemary or lemon, or even perfume! 🙂 x

  7. September 14, 2015 / 9:50 am

    What a great idea to add spices. I hat the smell of homemade play dough as well. Tin Box Tot loves using play dough as food for her pretend tea parties. I love your messy play mat by the way #MaternityMondays

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you so much Claire. 🙂 It smells rank doesn’t it! Our messy play matt is just a piece of oil cloth from online somewhere. Oil cloth is amazing isn’t it. So easy to clean. 😀 x

  8. September 14, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    wow this looks fantastic. I love this time of year too and they are my favourite smells (this is the woman who bulk buys Christmas-scented candles to use all year!!)I will certainly be giving this a try. #MaternityMondays

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:41 am

      Haha I love Christmas scented candles!! This playdough really does smell festive. I almost used cloves but I think the smell of it would make me have a hankering for mulled wine.x

  9. September 14, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    What a good idea to add the spices for the scent, we haven’t introduced Little 3 to playdough yet, he is only 6 months but it probably won’t be long, i’m sure he would try and eat it too. #maternitymondays

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:43 am

      Thank you so much. That’s the only problem with the spices, they smell good enough to eat. I don’t think it’ll be long before you get to do lots of messy play. 🙂 I do love the 6 months age though, they’re really starting to develop and turn into a little person. It’s so lovely to watch. Cherish every moment. When they’re one you’ll wish they were little and squishy again. x

  10. September 14, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    I love autumn as well 🙂 It seems to have skipped to winter at the moment though! I used to love playing playdough with my 2, hated cleaning it up though!
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix Stevie x

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:46 am

      It is so cold isn’t it?! We’ve even put the heating on, crazy! September last year was glorious. So strange. Oh playdough makes such a mess. Especially when it gets encrusted on shoes. x

  11. September 16, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Play dough is fun and I love autumn, so this is a lovely idea and must be great for the children to get creative with. Evie looks like she’s enjoying it, even if she actually wants to eat it 😉

    • September 17, 2015 / 9:49 pm

      We’ve played with this most days since we’ve made it and honestly it smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Especially the cinnamon one. Definitely good enough to eat. It’s a shame they’re not really edible. x

  12. September 16, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    My little girl loves play dough, but we haven’t made any for a while. Like the idea of autumn scented 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      It smells sooooo delicious! So much better than regular homemade kind. We want to try making it with lemon and things like lavender and rosemary next! It’s amazing what different things you can use isn’t it. x

  13. September 17, 2015 / 7:39 am

    Pinned! Cream of tartar? Not sure I have that in the cupboard? Is there any substitute? Or where can I get it? x MMT can’t wait to do this! X

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much. They smell so delicious! x

  14. September 17, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Another awesome idea! I think I need to give this to Evelyn to have a try. I bet she’ll love it! Thanks for sharing. x #Kidscornor

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much. You should definitely try it, it’s so easy to make and you can make any flavour/colour combination. x

  15. September 17, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    I love homemade playdough. That’s the recipe I always use and it’s great to add too and your right, lasts for ages! These look great I haven’t made all those versions before. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      It’s amazing what you can make isn’t it! We’re definitely going to try lemons and lavenders next. x

  16. September 22, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Oh I love this!! You are so good, I am just rubbish recently but those smells are tempting me to make the time!! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:17 pm

      Aww thank you. It’s so easy to make. I hate the smell of homemade playdough, it’s foul! But we couldn’t get to the shops to buy playdough one rainy day so I had no excuse haha. It smells delicious though. x

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