Big Pumpkin
Cooking a Pie Pumpkin

Make-Your-Own Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

Make this play dough after reading Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman.

We have several more Big Pumpkin activities, including pumpkin pie with cinnamon oat crust, a pumpkin patch art activity, and more!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 drops red food coloring
  • 15 drops yellow food coloring
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the flour, salt cream of tarter, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. 
  2. Add the oil, water, and food colorings and stir until smooth. 
  3. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until it forms a ball. It will get very lumpy, but it will all come together. It takes about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Let cool. Knead until smooth. 
  5. Play!

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