Letter P! There are so many words to choose from! First priority was this Pumpkin Pie Play Dough I have been saving for weeks until P day to make. I came across this recipe on the blog http://yourmodernfamily.com ; which, by the way, is a blog I read frequently.
All you do is dump all the ingredients into a pan.
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- Food Coloring
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons of pumpkin Pie Spice
Cook it on medium (this was a little too high on my stove and it got a little too cooked too quickly. If this happens to you, don’t worry, keep going, it all smoothed out in the end) You are supposed to cook it until it changes from runny to a ball of dough. I had to take mine off early so it was sticky so I just added more flour for the next step, which is kneading. Let it cool a little first and then knead it on a floured surface. Sprinkle another 1 1/2 Tablespoons of flour and keep kneading. Store in a ziplock bag or play with it immediately.
(I had an orange Wilton food color gel but remember you can mix red and yellow to make orange too)
This is how it looks when its done.
Which of these pumpkins is not like the other?!?
The Pumpkin Play dough was definitely the highlight of the day and everyone spent a long time playing with it.
Since tomorrow is Halloween the grandkids wore their costumes today. Brinley was Minnie Mouse and Brodey was Marshall from Paw Patrol.
On the Paw Patrol tray was a letter P page with Polkadots that I printed from http://twistynoodle.com I had Purple dot paint. Brodey was not interested in this today but Brinley was; we had her use crayons to color it though since she’s only 12 months old. She also put pumpkin stickers on it.
On the table were printouts of a pear and a pig. I traced our wooden letters on the pages to make a sort-of-puzzle for him to spell out the words with the wooden letters. This was no problem for him. I had only the letters for that page on each page to make it easier but next time I will make it a little more difficult. That was the first time we did that activity so I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be.
In a bin I had dumped a jar of Popcorn kernels, which is a typical hit for him but since I had the Pumpkin Play dough this didn’t get as much use as it normally would have. I had pans for dumping and a polar bear nearby for their imaginations to come up with something fun to do. They did both play with this though and I will save it to put out another day since I he likes sensory motor activities and this was one Brinley could do too. Even though she dumped handfuls onto the floor it is easier to clean up than flour/sand/oats/etc.
Another thing I had for today (on the patio table), was black paper and pink and purple chalk. If you had a chalkboard that would be even better and if you don’t have black paper or a chalkboard, just draw on the cement.
I also had some random items in a bowl that begin with the letter P. Pumpkin stickers, puppy, pumpkin ball, pig, wooden letter P.
Snack was popcorn.
They put the pumpkin stickers onto pumpkins.
In Brinley’s discovery basket: Wooden letters, empty egg carton, another puppy, paint brush, a finger puppet book, an empty water bottle with uncooked pasta inside for a good noisy toy!
A panda coloring sheet:
And a few puppy and peekaboo books: