Fall is officially here so to celebrate I adapted our homemade play dough recipe into this wonderful apple pie scented play dough. It’s made with ingredients from the pantry and is safe for little ones to taste, but it doesn’t taste good so they’ll probably spit it out quickly. Because apples are in season, this is perfect for apple themed play. The cinnamon and nutmeg come together to give this play dough a delicious apple pie scent. The spices also add texture that reminds me of apples.
Apple Pie Scented Play Dough Ideas
- Build letters on ABC play dough mats
- Add beads & sequins for fine motor skills
- Use cookie cutters and rolling pins to make shapes
- Set up a bakery with cupcake liners, candles, etc.
- Use googly eyes and pipe-cleaners to make monsters
For the play dough mats, simply print the pages you want and laminate them. Easy, peasy!
I borrowed a bottle of Sauer’s red food color from my mom for this play dough and it is the perfect apple red. It’s sold in Walmart stores and online (check your local grocery store too) so if you can find it, I highly recommend it.
I hope you enjoy this apple pie scented play dough recipe. Click in the upper right corner to print the full recipe. I have several other ideas to try out soon and I’ll be sharing those too.
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup salt
- ½ Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. cream of tartar
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. red food color
- 1 cup water
- In a large pot, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.
- Add in vegetable oil, food color, and water, stir.
- Cook over medium heat until the dough pulls away from pot and starts to become dry.
- Turn off heat, let cool, and knead.
What a neat idea! I didn’t realize you could make different scents/flavors out of homemade play dough.
We use essential oils in our homemade play doh. Lavender in purple, wild orange in orange and peppermint in red and white. It smells good and can calm the child, also.
We are definitely going to have to give this a try just so I can smell it LOL.
This is so awesome!! I am so geared up for fall this year. I am loving the chilly weather we are having. This would be the perfect after school activity for my 5 year old and my cousin’s 5 year old to do together. Thanks for sharing!!
Love this idea of it having a great fall scent. Now I have to think of a perfect time to do this!
I bet my kids would be tempted to eat it if it smells great. 😉 Haha I love the idea though!!
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This was a great craft for our apple themed unit. It smelled great and was a perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing! http://thediyfrau.blogspot.de/2012/09/apple-themed-activities-for-kindergarten.html
Thanks for sharing your post with me. I’m so glad y’all liked it!
I ended up using olive oil instead of veggie oil….
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How long will you’re play doh last? And how should it be kept, room temp or refrigerated? We made you’re play doh and slime today and my girls just love them! Thanks!
I usually keep the play dough about three months before making a new batch. I store it in our play dough box or in storage bags at room temp. So glad you enjoyed the recipes! Thanks for your comment, Laurin. 🙂
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the kids love playdough and i would love this scent – perfect for this time of year!
nice! Great idea.
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Now this is creative and so new to me. I love that you can add scents to play dough. It always had a yucky smell to me but this would take it to a while new level of fun. Gotta keep the kids from eating it though!
That’s so neat. I’ve never tried making my own play dough, but I know that my used to do so. It never smelled like apple pie though.
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Easy great recipe ! I make it with my toddlers at school. Bring in slow cooker, or crock pot, and have them add ingredients, and stir. Once it cools just a bit, they knead it also.
Just made this for my 3 year old class and I LOVE how the play dough turned out! Very simple and quick recipe and the scent is just amazing! Cannot wait for my students to play with it tomorrow. Thank you so much!
This recipe is just what I’ve been looking for to make for my daughter’s preschool class! How many kids will this recipe provide for? There are 12 kids in her class, so should I times this recipe by 6?
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I don’t know why I always avoided cook play dough, instead looking for no cook play dough recipes. Tried this one, and loved it. So smooth, quick, and lovely. Thank you.