Pumpkin Week

You can’t celebrate Halloween without a Jack ‘o Lantern.  For our fourth week we focused on the pumpkin and its place in Halloween tradition.  We do we carve Jack ‘O Lanterns and what else is a pumpkin good for?

We started off the week watching a short video on Youtube about the history of the Jack ‘O Lantern.   We have covered it before but I thought the video was well done by an Entomologist, maybe it went a bit over Melon’s head.

 

For this weeks science/sensory project we made pumpkin pie scented play dough.  I haven’t made play dough since the boys were tiny.  This was a lot of fun, it also smells amazing.

 

To make your play dough you need

  • 1cup salt
  • 2cups flour
  • 2cups water
  • 1TBS cream of tartar
  • 2TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 TBS pumpkin pie spice
  • food coloring (optional)

To make this mix all ingredients together in sauce pan.  Cook short time on medium heat.  It will start very wet but will form into a ball.  When it becomes a ball pull off of heat.  Let cool enough to be handled then pull out and place on a floured surface.  Knead dough, add 1/2TBS more flour as needed.  Store or start having fun.  This made enough for both of my kids to have a nice big ball.  They have enjoyed making monsters and playing with their homemade dough.  This play dough is safe for little ones to taste.

 

Thanks to Your Modern Family for the recipe http://www.yourmodernfamily.com/pumpkin-pie-play-dough-diy/

 

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