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Kids Activity: Edible Pumpkin Playdough

This three-ingredient playdough comes together in minutes.

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Arb spelled in pumpkin playdough.
Pumpkin playdough made with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and cornstarch. Photo by Reba Luiken.

By Reba Luiken, Arboretum coordinator of informal interpretation

Playdough is lots of fun, but it can be a challenge to keep wee ones from exploring it with their mouths. This recipe introduces the littlest learners to the scents (and tastes) of the season with a mixture of pumpkin and cinnamon. And while it is safe to eat, all of the corn starch makes it less than appetizing, so hopefully most of it will stick around for playing with.

Baby mouthing pumpkin playdough.
It doesn’t taste great, but it is edible, which makes it a great option for kiddos who are still exploring the world through their mouths. Photo by Reba Luiken.

1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
1 TBSP of cinnamon
2 cups of corn starch


1. Mix the cinnamon and pumpkin together. I used my hands, but a mixer would probably be less messy, if that’s your goal.

2.  Add in the corn starch 1/2 cup at a time.  Keep adding until the dough is no longer sticky to the touch. You may use slightly more or less than two cups.

3. Play!

4. Store your playdough in the refrigerator.

A note: Raw pumpkin can stain fabrics and surfaces, so choose your play surfaces and play clothes carefully.

Idea from Raising Whasians.

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