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Celebrate fall by teaching  boys and girls that God planned for seasons. Talk about things that remind us of fall such as pumpkins. Mention the smell of pumpkin bread or pie and explain that a certain spice is added to the pumpkin. Talk about adding the spice to play dough. (Play dough is not edible.)


Guide preschoolers to smell and touch the scented play dough. Suggest using hands to shape the dough or use cutters. Read the Bible verse Work with your hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11).

Supplies for Pumpkin Pie Play Dough:


  • ingredients and supplies for play dough recipe


(See underlined items in recipe printed below.)


  • pumpkin pie spice
  • red and yellow food colors, if desired.




Note: Prepare copies of the recipe to give to parents.


 Basic Play Dough Recipe


1 cup flour


2 teaspoons cream of tartar


1 tablespoons cooking oil


1/2 cup salt


1 cup water



Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together. Mix the cooking oil in the water


and add to the dry ingredients. Stir with wooden spoon and pour mixture in a


nonstick pan. (Ingredients may be mixed in the pan.) Stir constantly until dough


pulls away from the sides of pan. This process takes about 3 minutes. Empty


dough onto waxed paper. Knead until smooth and cool. Store in a zip-lock bag.


Pumpkin Pie Play Dough



To Basic Play Dough Recipe Add: 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


Mix ingredients and prepare according to directions for cooking and storing.


(The spice can also be added after cooking to make it visible in the dough.)


Note: Food colors for orange (15 yellow/5 red drops) can be added during


cooking process.

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Joanne Moran is long time Preschool Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church Muskogee, OK and writer for Lifeway.










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