Pumpkin Spice Play-Dough Cupcakes

Cupcackes… out of play-dough?

If you’re looking for an awesome activity for a fall party, a Halloween party favor, or even an alternative treat for a teal pumpkin house, these playdough “cupcakes” would be the perfect thing! As long as the kids you’re sharing with are old enough to know that they are NOT edible, the cupcake shape and decorations make an ordinary ball of playdough seem magical and fun!

To start, you’ll need to make some play-dough, using the classic recipe;

-2 cups of flour

-2 cups of water

-1 cup of salt

-4 tablespoons cream of tartar (if you get the small McCormick’s jar, it ends up being the whole thing)

-4 tablespoons of oil

Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy.It’s easiest to mix it directly in a large saucepan. Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy.

The next step is to add color and scents to your playdough mix!

There are a million options here but to make them pumpkin spice like I did you will add

-5 to 6 drops of red food coloring and a whole hefty squirt of yellow (red will overpower it really easily so be careful!)

-1 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Then mix it up! Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy.

Next, cook on low heat, stirring constantly until it clumps into a ball. Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy. Remove the pan from the heat and keep stirring until you don’t see any more wet spots, then turn it out onto a plate and knead it until it’s smooth and consistent.

Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy.Divide the play-dough into six balls, roughly equal in size (this could vary depending on how big your cupcake wrappers are, but for standard size “cupcakes”, this recipe made about six.)

Celebrate Halloween with a fun non-food Halloween treat or use these as favors at a fall party! These pumpkin-spice playdough cupcakes are a great fall activity that kids will enjoy. Perfect for the Teal Pumpkin Project homes as well.
There are only five in the picture but dividing the batch into six ended up making the right amount of play-dough.

Last comes the fun part-

Make “Cupcakes!”

roll the balls until they are smooth, add some exciting cupcake wrappers and decorate! I used some of my shaped crayons as “cake toppers” (find out how to make them here: Turn Old Crayons into Awesome Shapes!) and then added some gold heart glitter! (A tip- dampen the top of the playdough with a wet paper towel before you sprinkle the glitter on and it will stick better).

How cool do they look?

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What special occasion will you be bringing play-dough “cupcakes” to? Leave a comment and let me know!

For more awesome Fall activities, make sure to check out this Jack-o-lantern Bean Bag Toss!Autumn Pasta: A Sensory and Fine Motor Activity, and Pumpkin Playhouse- DIY Puppet Theater!

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