fall autumn scented playdough

I love this Autumn playdough recipe.  It’s no cook, simple and great for sensory play as well as those fingers working their fine motor skills and helping the kids creative imagination too.

Such a cheap and fun way to involve the kids making playdough and getting them to create their autumn scenes.

This Autumn playdough recipe can keep for a good few months in an airtight container and the smells really do fill the room with the scent of autumn.


ingredients for fall autumn playdough recipe


1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons oil
food colouring (I prefer pastes for the stronger colours than the liquids)
Ground cinnamon  (about a half tablespoon)
Ground cloves  (about a half tablespoon)
Ground ginger (about a half tablespoon)
Apple flavouring (about a teaspoon or so)


Make up four batches of playdough for the four different autumn scents and colours simply by mixing the flour, salt, water and food colouring together.

If it’s a little dry then add more water, if it’s a little wet then add a touch more flour.

Add the food colouring until you get your desired colour and to each batch of playdough add your autumnal scent.

If you want a stronger scent then add more.

autumn playdough kids craft scented tree

Sunny Buttercups

Of course, you do not have to make all four scents of this autumn playdough but seeing as I have 3 kids I thought we could all make a batch each.

The kids loved taking it in turns to grind up the cloves using the mortar and pestle.

We split one of the batches to give us an extra autumn colour too!  It was all very exciting and perhaps we got carried away but isn’t that just the point sometimes?

We ended up with some great colours and even blended a couple of the playdoughs so that we could have many different coloured leaves.

kids sensory autumn playdough craft tree

I love the simplicity of homemade playdough.  I love how easy it is to make and how long it can entertain the kids for and my kids are varying ages between 3 and 11!


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