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.
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?