Autumn Sensory Activity: Taste-Safe Play Dough with Spices!

Autumn is a season packed with sensory pleasures – particularly for young ones just beginning to explore the world around them. Combine the always-popular activity of play dough fun with the rich colours and scents of the season, and use the final, sense-stimulating product as a talking point for teaching about this magic time of year.


This play dough recipe is simple to make, using readily to-hand kitchen cupboard staples. Make a generous batch, wrap it up well in a plastic bag after play, and it can last you right through until you’re ready to change it up for some Christmas crafts!

You’ll Need:

2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour
1 cup of salt
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


Make around four bowls of the play dough and mix in a different spice to each: grated cloves, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg.

Next, add in some liquid to bring your dough together. For the basic play dough recipe listed above you’d need 1 and half cups of just-boiled water. For seasonal colour, simply replace some of this water with a good squirt of paint (bear in mind that you’ll need to use foodgrade paint/food colouring to keep this taste safe – otherwise, use a washable-, ready-made poster paint (tempera).

Stir your ingredients together in the bowl to form a dough, then tip it out and give it a good knead for a few minutes – play time!