I’m new to the sensory play world. My twin girls were toddlers back before Pinterest and social media exploded online- and I didn’t even own a computer (or cell phone!) when they were that small. Plus, with twins it’s a whole different ballgame; they’ve always had each other to play with, and rarely did they get bored as tots.
Enter my son- my only “single” child. He’s what we like to call spirited– loud, active, and in need of entertainment. If I don’t provide a source of play for him, he’ll seek out his own (climbing, going through the fridge, and “sorting” paperwork).
It’s not that he’s a trouble maker, he’s just reeeeaaaaalllly curious. Presently, as I’m typing this, he’s pushing his chair over to reach our table of library books- aaaannnd is going through the stack. See? He can’t help it.
This brings me to sensory play: a lifesaver in my household.
When I’m trying to help the girls with schoolwork, sensory play keeps my son occupied (and satisfied), so it’s a win-win.
It’s also fun for me to create little scenarios for him to discover. After looking at all the treasures on Pinterest, I know I’ve only hit the tip of the sensory iceberg.
I found this little gem of an idea while pinning- you can read the original post here. I really enjoyed this recipe because it brings a seasonal feel into my son’s playtime. And, it’s SUPER fast and easy to make!
This pumpkin pie play clay kept the little man occupied for quite a while, allowing me to do a round of dishes and start dinner. I gave him some Halloween themed cookie cutters, which he pressed into the dough, as well as his toy truck lol.
Pumpkin Pie Play Clay
- Canned Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Take a small amount of canned pumpkin and mix in some pumpkin pie spice (it smells so good!). I started with about 1/4 C of canned pumpkin and added in approx. 1/2 tsp of spice.
- Slowly add your cornstarch. If you don’t add enough, the clay will be too sticky. Too much, and it may be dry (in that case, you can stir in more pumpkin or a bit of water). I used about 1/2 C of cornstarch, but I would have added more if I didn’t run out LOL (don’t ya love it when that happens!?).
- Mix your clay with a spoon or your hands until it is combined well and reaches your desired texture. Give it to your toddler with some plastic cookie cutters or other safe objects! Enjoy!
This was such a great recipe- and I love how easy and fast it was to make! I also love how it is non-toxic and gluten-free! I never had to worry about my son eating it, unlike play-dough (I know that stuff is non-toxic, but I mean come on, it has to taste awful).
As stated in the original post, this dough will keep for 2-3 days sealed in the fridge. If it becomes too dry, add a touch of water to get it rolling again.