I thought it would be fun to try to mix up a sensory dough using actual pumpkin. So we grabbed a 15 oz can of pumpkin from the pantry and simply mixed it with cornstarch until it formed a ball.
However, we came to find out that if you use a can of pumpkin it really smells like pumpkin! Haha. My 3 year old wasn’t too thrilled with the smell at first, so we decided to mix in a Tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice and although it didn’t necessarily make the dough smell good, it helped to mute the strong pumpkin smell.
It took a minute for my 3 year old to figure out that this wasn’t actually play dough, but she loved squishing the dough in between her fingers and playing with this new sensory dough. My 2 year old discovered that this dough was softer than play dough and she loved using our little Halloween plastic rings to push into the dough.
She loved pushing the rings in and then pulling them all out one by one. We have been using these little rings in so many activities! You can find them at the dollar store or most grocery stores.
My girls played with this dough for an hour and then on and off throughout the day. I put the Pumpkin Dough in an air tight ziplock back and placed it in the fridge to see how it would hold up for later use. When we pulled it out the next day it was okay, but more crumbly. So we decided not to keep it.
Although this dough doesn’t last as long, it was a fun sensory experience for October using only a couple of ingredients we had in our pantry and the girls loved it!