*Nature Fossils* w/Autumn Scented Playdough – RECIPE INCLUDED!

I love the smells of fall. I also love spices and warm baked goods. My preschooler loves play dough and I make her a fair amount on a frequent basis. I started with this wonderful recipe I found at Domestic Superhero  – I absolutely LOVE this recipe and it turns out amazing EVERY time!

I made three different scents – gingerbread, pumpkin spice and apple pie.

To make the basic dough, combine the following in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until play dough consistency. Add any coloring prior to heating so the color doesn’t run.

Basic Play Dough:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon oil

To create the yummy scents – this is what I added to my basic recipe:


  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • yellow, red and blue food coloring in a 10:2:1 ratio to make brown color (or you can buy brown food coloring in gel, which works great too!)

Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 teaspoon orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • yellow and red food coloring in 3:1 ratio until desired color

Apple Pie

  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

I wish you could smell the amazing scents I have here, but make your own and you’ll experience it very soon!

To make it into a fun activity, I rounded up some leaves, seed pods, grasses and flowers that my preschooler and I had collected on our nature walks in a snack dish I bought at the dollar store. It fit perfect for this activity. I put a small lump of each scent of playdough in the center – doesn’t is look gorgeous?!


I had my preschooler take a small piece of different scents of dough and make small patties out of them, and press something from the collection into the center to make fossils – the grasses and flowers left behind seeds and husks, the seed pods made significant prints and the leaves soft outlines.


My kiddo played with this activity well over and hour – and mama got the dishes caught up!


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