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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Play-Doh

Published October 25, 2011 8:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Earlier this past week, one of the teachers I work with, Jamie Zarmanian, shared with our preschool classes this fabulous recipe for pumpkin spice Play-Doh. The entire classroom smelled like cinnamon cookies! The texture was perfect - soft, but not sticky and children really seemed to enjoy using a different type of Play-Doh to roll, squeeze and use to make fun Halloween shapes!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cloves
  • 2 tbsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp oil


  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and spices together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and oil to the dry ingredients and mix together well.
  3. Transfer mixture to a medium sized saucepan and heat over medium heat stirring constantly.
  4. The dough will begin to thicken and form. When it becomes difficult to stir and is more solid, remove from heat and carefully knead the dough (careful, dough will be hot!).
  5. When dough has cooled, have fun playing! Store in the fridge to help dough last longer. Homemade Play-Doh can often outlast the store-bought brands!

In addition to this great recipe, I would also like to share some previous pumpkin posts with numerous fall and Halloween therapy ideas! HAVE FUN!

Hope these recipes and craft ideas help to enhance your language, articulation and feeding-based therapy lessons!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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