1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup water
4 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice (or other spices)
orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
Combine all dry ingredients in a saucepan. Stir in vegetable oil and water. Add food coloring drop by drop until the desired color is achieved. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent sticking or burning. When the play clay has the consistency of mashed potatoes and pulls away from the sides of the pan, remove it from the heat (if you pull it away too soon, it won’t set properly). Knead for one minute, and let cool thoroughly. Store in an airtight container (I like Ziplock bags).
Give the kids cookie cutters, pie tins, rolling pins, plastic knives, or other playdoh tools to keep the creative juices flowing.