Most of us grew up playing with Play Dough but have you ever made it yourself? Play Dough is a great sensory play item and can even be used as a base or add-in for a sensory bin! The best part about this recipe is that it can be scented how ever you’d like it to be. Simply switch out the scents and colors to go with any holiday or season. Get your little ones involved to help make this fun scented Play Dough in just 15 minutes!


  • 3 1/3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup salt 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar 
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water 
  • 8-10 drops red food coloring  
  • 5-7 drops yellow food coloring 


Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree together.  

Add boiling water and mix with a spoon until everything is combined. Add in your food coloring, I just kept adding in more of each color until I reached the color that I liked.  

Add flour to your surface before you take the mixture out to knead. After mixture has cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead on the counter until it is not sticky anymore. You will need to add flour as you go, but just use your judgement with that. Just keep adding small amounts of flour to the mixture until your playdoh is no longer sticky!  

Store in an air tight container.