If you are looking for a way to get in the Thanksgiving spirit with your little ones, homemade fall spice play dough is the way to start! I made the recipe recently time using the kidlist homemade play dough recipe as my base. This stuff smells amazing. We had our neighbors over and their little ones LOVED playing with this so much that I let them take it all home. I think it is ideal for the two to six-year-old crowd. The consistency is great for little fingers because it is a little softer than the store bought stuff. Kids will totally feel like they are baking, especially if you get out the cookie cutters. Obviously, it is not meant to be consumed, but this didn’t seem to be a problem with our group. Here’s the recipe:
- 4 cups flour
- 2 cups salt
- 4 cups water
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Approximately 5 drops red food coloring
- Approximately 20 drops yellow food coloring
- 2 tablespoons allspice
- 2 tablespoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Use a wooden spoon to combine the flour, salt, water, cream of tartar, oil, and food coloring in a stock pot or large saucepan over medium heat until stiff. You could divide the dough evenly before adding the food coloring and make different colors, if you choose. After the play dough is the right consistency, dump it on the counter and add the nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Knead the spices in the dough until it is well combined.
Store in the refrigerator. Wash and or soak your materials right away to avoid the dough drying/sticking and creating bothersome cleanup.
I thought the pint sized mason jars worked great for storing the play dough, but any resealable container will do the job. You will yield about 4 jars. These are also the perfect size for giving as gifts!