Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Leaves & Play Doh Fun...

My toddler (he's 2 1/2) and I did some fun fall activities this afternoon that I thought I'd share. First, we made some pumpkin pie/spice scented microwave play dough.

I didn't have any  cream of tartar, so we roughly followed the following recipe:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbs vinegar
1 Tbs oil
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 tsp+ pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp+ cinnamon


1. mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl


2. stir in wet ingredients (it looks pretty wet)


3. microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring in between heatings until doughy consistency is achieved - about 3 minutes for us. ( I didn't take a picture of this because my son was screaming that he wanted to help; I was busy convincing him that it was too hot for him to help with)

4. knead until smooth (careful it's VERY hot!)


5. then get creative! We added items from our nature walk earlier in the day - leaves, sticks and acorns. Here are our creations:


 Later in the day, we used some of our leaves from our nature walk to for a painting activity that I saw on pinterst (darn pinterest... ). 

First, I taped the leaves to some newspaper with some painters tape, then I taped the newspaper to the table. I made my little one take off his shirt because I didn't have any paint other than acrylic, so I didn't want to ruin his shirt. Then I gave him a brush and some red and yellow paint and he went to town. he Was very serious at first... then loosened up. 


After he was done painting the leaves, I took a few pieces of scrap paper from some big old books that I keep around for projects like this and laid them over top to make 'prints.'  They came out cute, but you can't really tell that they're leaves.



Have you been doing any fun fall activities? I'd loved to hear about them....



4 comments:

  1. This play dough looks wonderful, and your son looks like he is having a blast!
    Laura
    Read-Write-Create

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    1. Thanks! It did smell like amazing cookie dough -- despite adding the vinegar instead of cream of tartar.

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  2. What a great Autumn based activity for tots - it's something that we will be doing this week now our leaves have started to fall. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum.

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    1. Thanks! My little one really enjoyed this - he's actually playing with the play doh, sticks and acorns right now!

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