Thanksgiving Play Dough

Shannon Cairns

September 13, 2022

DIY

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Make this fun Thanksgiving play dough this year to keep little hands busy all season long! It only takes a few minutes and a few ingredients and is SO soft!

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How to make Thanksgiving Playdough

Making playdough isn’t hard at all, and it comes together very quickly. You only need a few ingredients, a small pot, a whisk, and a silicone spatula!

Thanksgiving play dough is so much fun to make! You can make fall colors, maybe even fall scents, and then kids can create all the fall characters and icons they love!

This is also a way to make your kid’s table at Thanksgiving fun without breaking the bank! Add these free printable Thanksgiving coloring pages, and these cute DIY Thanksgiving Lego Pumpkins as favors and your kid’s table is set!

Thanksgiving Play Dough Creating Ideas:

  • Turkeys
  • Foxes
  • Pumpkins
  • Thanksgiving Meal
  • Pie
  • Fall Trees
  • Pilgrim Hat
  • Corn
  • Cornucopia

Supplies needed for this Thanksgiving Playdough

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Step 1: Whisk all your ingredients, except for the food coloring, together in a small pot. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so there aren’t any lumps in the flour.

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Step 2: Next, you can whisk in the food coloring of choice. We used Wilton brand icing colors and they turn out great!

Do not use liquid food coloring. The liquid ratio can make your dough watery.

Red will be the hardest fall color to get. Make sure you add enough food coloring to make it a bright red, otherwise your color will be muted.

Step 3: Cook your fully mixed Thanksgiving play doh batter over high heat, stirring and flipping constantly with a silicone spatula.

Your play dough should cook within 2-3 minutes max, so don’t walk away! As soon as you no longer see any liquid, immediately remove from the pot and place it on a paper plate to let it cool.

Allow your play dough to cool for 20-30 minutes before handling, as it will be very hot. Be sure to test it with your hands before giving it to a little one to make sure it’s cooled enough.

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Each batch of Thanksgiving play dough you make following this recipe will be roughly the equivalent to 4-5 regular store-bought containers of play dough.

This Thanksgiving playdough recipe makes a very soft and squeezable dough that kids just love! It stays soft for MUCH longer than store-bought play dough, and it’s so much cheaper to make at home too!

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Storage

Store your Thanksgiving Play Doh in sealed plastic baggies in a cool, dry place. You can also store in tupperware containers, but we love using baggies because they’re easiest for little hands to open and close.

This play dough has stayed out for days at a time and remained soft! It’s an excellent recipe that’s so easy to make you will want to make every color of the rainbow!

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Homemade Play Dough Tips & FAQs

  • Food Coloring. Always use gel food coloring and not liquid for the best results. Mix in the food coloring before you cook the play dough.
  • Cooking. Cook over high heat, but be sure to stir and flip constantly to keep it from burning. A silicone spatula and non-stick pot works best.
  • Clean-Up. Be sure to clean your pot, whisk, and spatula completely before making a different color batch.
  • Safety. Freshly cooked play dough stays hot for a while. Give your play dough 20-30 minutes to cool before handling. Always test the play dough in your own hands first before handing to a child.
  • Storage. Store your play dough in airtight containers to keep it soft and pliable. Play dough should last up to a year when stored properly.

Thanksgiving Play Dough Ideas

  • Cookie Cutters. Get some fall or Thanksgiving themed cookie cutters for easy play dough fun!
  • Manipulatives. Fun themed items like pumpkins, feathers, etc are great things to add to your play dough fun.
  • Scents. Make your play dough scented like Thanksgiving! Use scented oils to add to your dough after cooking. You could make turkey play dough, or pumpkin pie play dough, or cranberry play dough and more!
  • Activities. Use this list of Thanksgiving games to add to your Thanksgiving fun! Use this Thanksgiving play dough to have creative challenges with kids and adults alike!
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Thanksgiving Play Dough

Thanksgiving Play Dough Recipe

Make this fun Thanksgiving play dough this year to keep little hands busy all season long! It only takes a few minutes and a few ingredients and is SO soft!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Gel Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients in a small pot, except for the food coloring.
  2. Add in the gel food coloring until the desired color is reached. Whisk together mixture until there are no more streaks.
  3. Cook over high heat, stirring and flipping constantly with a silicone spatula for 2-3 minutes, or until there are no wet spots left.
  4. Immediately remove the play dough to a paper plate to cool for 20-30 minutes before handling.

Notes

  • Food Coloring. Always use gel food coloring and not liquid for the best results. Mix in the food coloring before you cook the play dough.
  • Cooking. Cook over high heat, but be sure to stir and flip constantly to keep it from burning. A silicone spatula and non-stick pot works best.
  • Clean-Up. Be sure to clean your pot, whisk, and spatula completely before making a different color batch.
  • Safety. Freshly cooked play dough stays hot for a while. Give your play dough 20-30 minutes to cool before handling. Always test the play dough in your own hands first before handing to a child.
  • Storage. Store your play dough in airtight containers to keep it soft and pliable. Play dough should last up to a year when stored properly.
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