Monday, November 24, 2008

Time for pumpkin pie . . . playdough!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I decided to surprise my kids with some pumpkin pie that they can really get into -- pumpkin pie playdough! Here's the recipe - I got it from another homeschooling mom:

Pumpkin Pie Playdough
(Note: I doubled this recipe)

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
food coloring (6 drops red and 15 drops yellow) - I used orange paste food coloring because I had it in my cupboard

Combine the dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add the oil, water and food coloring and whisk until smooth. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, cook over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to 4 minutes). My note: I look for the consistency of mashed potatoes when I'm making playdough, but I like my mashed potatoes thick. So if you're a soft potatoes fan, don't use that rule! You want the playdough to pull together and not be sticky to the touch.
Turn the dough onto the counter, let it cool slightly. . .
. . . then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture (about one minute). Store in a plastic container or ziploc bag.
Then let your kids loose to have fun! Rolling pins, cookie cutters, plastic silverware all make great accessories!
Lael made pumpkin pie snowmen . . . can you tell that we're waiting for snow here?!

Not only is this playdough a fun color, but it smells SOOO good . . . almost good enough to eat!

1 comment:

ctf said...

You have got to be the coolest and most fun mom and teacher ever. :) I get inspired every time I check out your blog and see your ideas and the big smiles on the kids faces.