September 13, 2010

Apples: Apple Pie Playdough

We haven't made play dough in awhile, so when I saw this recipe for apple pie play dough I figured it be a great start to our Apple Week.

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 small container cream of tartar
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice
  • red food coloring 
Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan. I suppose you could measure out the spices, but I let the girls decide how much.

Stir constantly over medium-low heat until it firms up into non-sticky dough. (Tip: don't do this after an "Abs & More" class at the Y. It's a workout in itself!)

 Let your dough cool and then enjoy! I thought it smelled just like an apple pie. E said it smelled "sorta" good.

Both girls thought it was a lot of fun!

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

The Apple Pie TreeIdeal for 2 and 3 year olds, this beautifully illustrated book explains how to "grow an apple pie." Two young sisters describe their apple tree through the seasons. We watch as it changes from a bare tree in winter, to beautiful blossoms in spring, small green apples in summer, and then full ripe apples in autumn... apples just perfect for an apple pie! Also in the tree are two robins who hatch their eggs, raise their chicks, and then teach them to fly. The short sentences and vibrant illustrations will hold the attention of young children, while introducing them to the seasons and lifecycle of an apple.

I'm linking up to:
- ABC & 123's Show & Tell


  1. OK, that last pic of your girls looking at each other is ADORABLE!

  2. A positively adores her big sister :) And that apple looks very yummy too.

  3. Sounds like a great idea! I like your vase on the table, too.

  4. Sounds like a great idea! I like your vase on the table, too.

  5. This sounds like a great variation of homemade play dough! We went apple picking for the first time last weekend at a local orchard and then made homemade applesauce, it was a big hit. Love your apple theme!

  6. Ha! I posted apple play dough today too!!

    We love that book.

  7. We're doing an apple theme right now too, so I can't wait to see your ideas. You always have the best and most fun ideas!

  8. What a brilliant idea, love the fact that is 'smells' like apple pie!

  9. Thank you for reminding me about that book, it's one of my favorites! That playdough is making me hungry, too. I don't think I've ever been able to say that about playdough until now.

  10. What a fun fall project!!!! The girls look like they really enjoyed it!

  11. I love this book and would always read it to my first graders. This is such a great fall project and I can't wait to do it ;-)

  12. Just added this one to our wish list at the library...and will put it on our hold list as soon as I have some holds freed up. (I'm loving our new library system...they have a lot more things available.)

  13. That's too funny, "sorta good"! I would get that kind of reaction too. ER doesn't like it when things she thinks should not, smell. I think they are fun and she gives me weird looks. It sounds like you had a better reaction☺ Thank you for joining us at Show & Tell on ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative!

  14. I wonder what happens when you don't use an entire container of cream of tarter. I have about half of one. :) And of course we'd have to use gf flour. Ah, the gfcf woes. See you tonight!

  15. Popping from Show and tell. Those apple really look yummy! Putting this on my thing to do list with my baby...

  16. Reviewings your apple crafts since we're still rolling in apples around here. I just barely noticed that E is wearing that strawberry shirt you made her last summer. So cute! We read this book and I was brave enough to make apple pie with the two little ones. I'll be posting about it...sometime.


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