Yesterday we had our best friends over for a fun afternoon. My best girl friend since we were 12 years old has two kids, Little Miss I (4 years old) and Mr LJ (who is 3 years old). They are 13.5 months apart just like my kids. Little J loves them and they all get along really well.
We ordered in lunch, the kids played in the pool, and they also got really excited when I asked them if they wanted to play with pumpkin play dough. Obviously, the answer was yes!! So, I put together a sensory tray filled with fun Fall items (pumpkin playdough, candy corn, assorted gourds, and some popsicle sticks)…and they dug right in!
I saw the pumpkin pie play dough recipe on Sow Sprout Play and really wanted to try it. It’s edible, which is always a plus for me since Little J likes to try to eat everything.
The recipe is:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (add more for stronger scent and flavor)
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup flour
I doubled the recipe since there were 3 kids, and also had to add some water.
This was so much fun to watch! They really let their imaginations run wild. Little Miss I said she was building a unicorn and Mr LJ said he was making the sun and the moon 🙂
They played for about a half an hour with the materials, and I think they would have played longer but Little J started feeding play dough and candy corn to the dogs, so we decided to stop.
Out of all of the things that he could have tried to eat, Little J picked a lumpy, bumpy little gourd (which he called an apple). He soon realized it didn’t taste awesome and put it down 🙂
Overall, this was a definite success and wonderful sensory activity.