SENSORY PLAY DOUGH: Where’s Waldo Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activities Sensory

Where’s Waldo Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activities

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Fall is my favorite time of year and also one of the best seasons for getting children involved in more sensory play activities that help them learn and grow. Many kids need that sensory stimulation to help sharpen their minds and bodies for higher learning in the classroom. The fall season and the upcoming holidays give us an extra excuse to have fun and be creative.

This year, to “spice” things up, we decided to not only make fun pumpkin spice play dough that our kids will love, but we wanted to add an extra sensory spin to help develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And, what child doesn’t love the gooey, sticky feeling of play dough?

Easy Where's Waldo Pumpkin Spice Play Dough Sensory Activities | #pumpkin #playdough #kidsactivities

First we made our fun pumpkin play dough with three simple ingredients. It’s an easy recipe anyone can make and it has the extra added bonus of smelling just like pumpkin spice. That way, not only is your child using their touch and feel, but their sense of smell as well.

Making Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

To make our pumpkin spice play dough fun and smell nice, all you need are three simple ingredients and you are in business. We made a large batch, but you can half this recipe to make a smaller batch for your kids. With our batch, we were able to separate the play dough into three large rolls big enough for three separate children to play with at one time.

Here’s what you will need:

1 Can Pumpkin (29 oz.)
1 ½ Box Cornstarch (16 oz.)
2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice


In a large mixer, add ingredients together adding additional cornstarch as needed until the dough is nice and firm. Add additional pumpkin pie spice if your child wants a stronger smell.

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Where’s Waldo Play Dough

Now for the fun part! You have probably all tried rolling pins, cookie cutters and molds to create some fun objects and shapes out of play dough, but what if we took some fun textured objects and mixed them inside the play dough?

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Add a few leaves, acorns, small pine cones, beads, candy corn, dried corn, and any other fun fall objects and mix it inside the play dough. Then ta-da! We now have our very own Where’s Waldo game that gives your kids a chance to dig through the play dough and find all the objects that are hidden.

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These types of sensory activities give your child the sensory stimulation they need while strengthening their fingers and hands to improve their writing skills. As an extra added bonus, as they work through the play dough to find the objects, they are using their hands and eyes to search for the items, which is a great hand-eye coordination activity to help them read words on the page and track letters and sounds when they are in school. Any time we can create sensory activities that touch all aspects of learning is great for kids, parents and teachers.

Have fun and enjoy this beautiful time of year!

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  1. Very fun idea! My 2-year-old loves play dough and this would be fun to do with her while the older kids are at school!

  2. This is such a fun idea and I bet it smells delightful!! My daughter would love it!

  3. This is such a great idea. I’m making this today! Thanks!

  4. This is such a fun and cute idea! My little man will love this! Pinning now!

  5. What a super fun and festive kids activity! My kids will love this!

  6. My kids love play dough and I think this is such a great idea to make it pumpkin. Perfect for fall and teaching more about the autumn season! Pinned this 🙂

  7. This is great. I’m a librarian and we run tons of programs – one of my co-workers specializes in ones with sensory activities so I forwarded the link to her because I think this would be really cute!

  8. How cool is this play dough?! I will definitely be making this for my kids! Thanks for sharing!

  9. this is so perfect. love this!

  10. Love this! It looks simple to make and yet so much fun for my kids to play with.

  11. This would be such fun!

  12. What a cute idea! I’ll have to do this with my children this fall.

  13. I love your pumpkin Play Doh recipe! I wish I had it when my girls were younger. I would make homemade Play Doh for them, but it was on the stovetop with a flour base. I also think it’s really creative to incorporate fun, seasonal sensory items. That’s pure genius! One thing that my girls really loved was when I added in some glitter to make the Play Doh extra special. 🙂

  14. What a creative way to use play dough! We’ll definitely be doing this soon! Thanks for sharing.

  15. This is on my list of must make items for my daughter. I am trying to get some things together before baby number 2 gets here.

  16. […] tried in a different article. It’s fun, easy to make and it smells just like pumpkin spice. This sensory activity helps your child with the gooey texture, sweet smell and even hand-eye coordination for reading and […]

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