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Easy Pumpkin Pie Scented Playdough (No Cook Recipe)

With fall comes pumpkin spice season. Even kids can get in on the theme with this easy pumpkin pie scented playdough.

This playdough recipe is a no cook recipe so it’s quick and easy to make so you can get right to playing!(While you don’t have to cook this playdoh it does require boiling water so you will need a pot or tea kettle.)

Great for kids of all ages.

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I love homemade playdough. I know exactly what’s in it and it lasts much longer than the store bought stuff without getting hard! We’ve had a batch my daughter has been playing with for 4 months now.

Playdough is such a great tool for open ended play since it can be manipulated in so many ways. My daughter cuts it, uses cutters, rolls it, builds snowmen out of it, etc. Every time she plays she makes something different.

Pumpkin Playdough Ingredients

pumpkin playdough ingredients

How to make pumpkin pie playdough

This no cook playdough it easy to make and the kids can help! Just make a sure an adult handles the hot water.

1 – In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and pumpkin pie spice.

2 – Heat water in a tea kettle or on the stove.

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3 – Combine the oils and food coloring with the boiling water.

If you don’t have orange food coloring you can combine red and yellow.

4 – Stir the oily water into the dry ingredients. Mix well.

homemade pumpkin playdough ingredients in bowl

5 – Remove the dough and place on a cutting board or piece of parchment paper and knead until it is no longer sticky. If dough is too wet you can add more flour 1 teaspoon at a time.

pumpkin playdoh on white background

6 – Store in an airtight container when not in use.

pumpkin pie playdough with pumpkin cookie cutter

Now you’re ready to play. Add some leaves or green pipe cleaners if you want to create a pumpkin with a stem with your playdough!

Pick up a set of cute Fall or Halloween cookie cutters for fun themed play.

pumpkin shaped pumpkin scented playdoh

Is this playdough edible?

All the ingredients are safe to eat but it’s usually advised to not eat raw flour as there is a slight chance of salmonella. So you will want to discourage eating but all the ingredients are things you’d normally use in the kitchen.

Do I have to use cream of tartar?

While you can make playdough without cream of tartar you will have better results if you include it. It helps create a great texture for your playdough and also acts as an extra preservative.

I’ve heard you can replace cream of tartar with lemon juice or vinegar but have never tried it myself. (You would then need to add more flour or reduce the amount of water used or your dough will end up sticky from the extra liquid.)

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Yield: 1 batch

Pumpkin Pie Scented Playdough

pumpkin pie playdough

Easy pumpkin pie scented playdough for kids.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Food coloring - orange or yellow & red


  1. Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.
  2. Combine boiling water with the oil and food coloring.
  3. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Remove from bowl and place on a cutting board or parchment paper.
  5. Knead dough until it's well combined and no longer sticky, add more flour a teaspoon at a time if it's overly sticky.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

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