My kids have loved to play with playdough for as long as I can remember.
Of course, some of that is because I like to play with playdough and I basically insisted they did too. I make no apologies.
Working with playdough is such a soothing activity for kids (and adults) and it’s good gross motor and fine motor skill practice too.
So, since fall is just around the corner, why not try this fun apple pie playdough recipe with your kids for some fall sensory fun!
This is such a fun DIY playdough recipe to make with the kids. It smells amazing and it’s a fun way to get them ready for fall baking!
It would also be a fantastic sensory activity to try after reading some of your child’s favorite fall books for kids!
Read on to get the full printable playdough recipe while you’re here. And for even more sensory fun, take a look at our list of edible playdough recipes!
Fall Apple Pie Playdough
To make this fall apple pie playdough recipe, you’ll need the following:
- Coconut oil
- Cream of tartar
- Food coloring
- Apple scented oil
- Green apple scented oil
- Cinnamon scented oil
You’ll be following the same basic DIY playdough recipe to make each flavor.
You’ll just need to adjust the scents and colors to make each ingredient of the “pie”.
As a note, this apple pie playdough recipe is NOT edible. Please don’t allow small children to eat it. It smells good, but it’s just for play.
Start by mixing the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together.
Then add the coconut oil, food coloring, apple scented oil, and some warm water.
Cook the mixture over low heat while stirring continuously.
You’ll know it’s done when it starts to look “doughy”. Keep stirring until the dough no longer looks wet.
Then remove it from the pan and knead it with your hand until it forms a ball.
To make the green apple playdough, swap out the red food coloring for green food coloring.
And use green apple scented oil instead of regular apple.
When you’re ready to make the “crust”, just use brown food coloring and cinnamon scented oil.
Follow the same steps to cook the playdough on the stove.
Then knead it into a ball and you’re done!
The kids will love using playdough tools to mold each batch into a pie!
They can even use child-safe scissors to cut the lattice strips for the top of the “apple pie crust”!
Scroll down for the full fall apple pie playdough recipe!
Don’t miss these other fun ways to make playdough at home!
See more ways to learn with sensory fun on my Sensory Play Pinterest board!
Apple Pie Playdough Recipe
Get the full apple pie playdough recipe below!
If you plan to make it with your kids, let me know how they like it!
Apple Pie Playdough Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup salt
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups warm water
- red food coloring
- green food coloring
- brown food coloring
- apple scented oil
- green apple scented oil
- cinnamon scented oil
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
Add the coconut oil and mix well.
Pour the mixture into a saucepan and add the warm water.
Add a few drops of red food coloring to make the apple playdough. Add green food coloring if you are making the green apple playdough. Add brown food coloring if you are making the cinnamon playdough.
Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture is no longer wet and looks doughy.
Remove the dough from the saucepan. Knead it with your hands until smooth.
Store the playdough in an airtight container for up to three days.