Your little one might not be old enough to bake holiday desserts, but she can still celebrate the season with this pumpkin-inspired play dough. In honor of the beloved fall fruit, we dyed the dough orange and added pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to it, which makes it smell -- but not taste -- good enough to eat.
Ages: 18 months and up
Combine the dry ingredients in a nonstick saucepan. Add the oil, water, and food coloring and whisk until smooth. Stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, cook the mixture over medium heat until it forms a ball, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a counter, let it cool slightly, then knead the dough until it has a smooth texture, about 1 minute. The dough will keep up to a week in a ziplock bag.
To make stems, place some pasta (we used fusilli) in a ziplock bag. Add five drops of green food coloring and a teaspoon of water. Seal the bag, then let your tot squish the pasta around until it's tinted. Pour the pasta onto a piece of waxed paper and let it dry for about five minutes before pressing it into your pumpkins.