Erupting Fall Playdough

Fall Playdough Recipe ~ Scents of Fall

I am loving our Fall Play Recipe Series!  If you missed the first few post, let me catch you up.  So far we made edible Pumpkin Spiced Marshmallow Dough, painted with Homemade Cranberry Fall Paint and created with Glowing Bread Clay.  Today we are sharing fun ways to incorporate the Scents of Fall into our play.  I love the smell of fall, so we added it to our Erupting Fall Playdough.  I have to say it smells delicious and has a fun magical element that you kids will love!

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

Our Erupting Fall Playdough was inspired by Mess for Less’s super fun recipe.  I love the idea of making a play dough with baking soda and then watching it erupt, and I knew my kids would love it too.  We used a few different ingredients, so make sure you check out Vicky’s fun recipe for more play inspiration! (you can find our Erupting Fall Playdough recipe is at the bottom of this post)

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

We divided our dough into 4 balls.  Each playdough ball received a different color and spice treatment.  The smell of the spices was amazing as the kids were playing.   It smelled just like someone was baking a yummy dessert.

Red food coloring and 1 tbsp of Cinnomon = Spiced Cinnamon Playdough

Orange food coloring and 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice = Spiced Pumpkin Pie Playdough

Yellow food coloring and 1 tbsp of ginger = Spiced Ginger Playdough

3 tbsp of leaf glitter (real leaves crumpled into small bits) = Leaf Glitter Playdough

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

In the fall, the kids love creating colorful Leaf Glitter and adding it to everything.

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

Our dough is primarily made up of baking soda…I bet you know where this is going:)  All you need to do is add vinegar and wonderful erupting bubbles form out of nowhere.  We have made a ton of volcano’s and played with baking soda and vinegar in lots of different ways (including decorating our Easter Eggs), but this is the first time we actually made a dough that erupted.   Let me tell you the kids thought this totally rocked!

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

The kids loved watching the bubbles form everywhere they dropped vinegar.  It was like magic.  This was our Spiced Pumpkin Pie Dough, and it smelled just like pumpkin pie as it was erupting.

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

The bubbling/foaming face makes me smile every time I see it!  OK its a little creepy, but in a creepy cool kind of way;)

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

We got a surprise when the kids added chunks of the Leaf Glitter Dough to the vinegar.  Colorful leaf glitter spill over the edge with the erupting bubbles.  So fun!  This was by fall the favorite dough to erupt.

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

The kids also loved playing with the dough after it was done erupting and the bubbles settled down.  It had a softer, squishier texture, but still held together nicely.  Gooey, squishy fun that perfect for Halloween.

Erupting Fall Playdough Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Glue
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 3 TBS Dish Soap ~ makes the eruptions even bubblier!
  • 3 TBS Flour (just enough to remove the stickiness)
  • Leaves, food coloring, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and ginger for added sensory fun!

I love that our Erupting Fall Playdough is No Cook, making it simple enough for your kids to create.  Plus my kids are all about trying new science experiments, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  We had a blast playing with our fun fizzing and erupting dough and will be trying it again soon.

Erupting Fall Playdough Reicpe ~ Fall sensory Play

For more fun inspiration follow my Art and Play Recipe board on Pinterest.

I am loving all the creative ideas that are being shared during our Fall Play Recipe Series.  Click on the flowing links to find more creative ideas to incorporate Fall Scents into your play.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Oobleck from Learn Play Imagine

Scented Tea Pretend Play from Fun At Home With Kids

Homemade Fall Spices scented candles from Blog me Mom


Welcome to Housing A Forest!
I would love for you to grab a cup of coffee and stay a while. You can read more about us or catch up on our favorite experiments, projects + art activities.

3 thoughts on “Erupting Fall Playdough

  1. Can’t wait to do this with my special needs students. Do the pictures reflect one recipe? Trying to gauge how much I would need for 10 students. Thanks for your help.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>