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  • Amanda

Fall Spice Play Dough Recipe

Can I just start by saying I had other posts drafted, but I'm super excited to share this play dough recipe with you! I've made countless batches of play dough as a teacher but this cook play dough recipe is perfect. every. time. It is soft, pliable and such a soothing sensory experience for both your hands and nose with the cinnamon & allspice. My kitchen smelled amazing this morning and yours can too when you make this!

PLUS, it's so easy, your kids can help and it is a great opportunity to get them involved! Getting your kid(s) involved in the process opens up so many learning opportunities. To name a few...

Language Development

  • Talking about your process of getting out ingredients, naming the ingredients used and utensils will increase your child's vocabulary


  • Talk about the textures, colors, and physical properties of the materials used. Even the color of your pots or the flour bag! Anything goes. Let them touch the ingredients with your hands if you're feeling bold!

Emotional Regulation

  • There are ample opportunities for your child to practice emotional regulation skills as you provide helpful boundaries around the activity! Verbal and physical reminders may be necessary for all the ingredients to stay in the pot. Verbal cues can be as simple as saying "Wait please!" or "Let's stir together" If your toddler is on the younger end or is more impulsive, keep the stirring spoon out of reach until you're ready to stir together!

Whether or not you choose to involve your child in the making of this dough, I hope you try it out and enjoy!



  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp flour

  • 1/2 cup salt

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp allspice

  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Add the dry ingredients into a medium size pot (flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice, & cream of tartar)

  2. Add the wet ingredients into the same pot (water, vanilla extract, & coconut oil)

  3. Stir until combined.

  4. Bring to the stove and cook while stirring constantly for about 5 minutes. (at this point, keep the kids at a safe distance!) It will look very soupy but with the heat, it will come together as a nice dough. Turn off the heat once the mixture starts to pull away from the edge of the pot.

  5. Turn it out onto a clean surface to cool for about 1-2 minutes. Knead it a little before letting your little ones play with it!


  • This recipe is extremely forgiving. There really isn't a rhyme or reason about which ingredient to add first. I just like doing dry first so I can reuse the measuring spoons. Efficiency is my game. :)

  • You can alter which spices you put in the dough. I found that 2 tbsps worth of spices was enough to smell it well while playing, but feel free to add or subtract if you'd like. However you choose to alter the recipe, sub in or take out an equal amount of flour.

Share your photos of your play dough with me & I hope you can connect with the little ones in your life well by doing something fun (and a little messy) with them ;)


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