D is for Deciduous: Leaf Stamping With Pumpkin Pie Playdough

This alphabet sensory activity is a fun way to teach kids about deciduous trees in the fall.

D is for Deciduous

Members of the Kid Blogger Network are putting together an exciting series of Alphabet Sensory Activities. Now that September’s here, I just can’t help myself. I’m full-throttle into fall activities! Our letter is the letter ‘D’, and the kiddo and I are talking about deciduous trees, like the large maple in our front yard.

This tree my favorite tree in the whole world. It’s HUGE, and every fall, we end up with loads of leaves on the ground to jump in and play with, much to my husband’s dismay. Usually, the leaves start changing colors and falling from the tree in September, but the colors are at their peak in October. Here’s the tree (and the kiddo) last year.

Tree in fall 2

And here, I tried to capture the height of the tree last year, but I couldn’t capture it all. It’s truly gorgeous in October. But, alas, the leaves are still green and healthy right now.

Tree in fall 1

Our leaves are still green and clinging to the tree right now. No matter, though. I cut some of the leaves from the tree, and we have plenty of artificial leaves amongst our fall decor, so we soldiered on with our activity and talked about deciduous trees.


Materials Needed:

  • Leaves
  • Letter ‘D’ Magnets
  • For pumpkin pie playdough (adapted from this recipe):
    • 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • orange food coloring
    • 3/4 c. water
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/2 c. salt
    • 1 tbsp. cooking oil

Directions for Pumpkin Pie Playdough:

1. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk dry ingredients together.

pumpkin pie playdough 1


2. Add water, oil and food coloring. Stir until combined. Mixture will be thick. Ours looked like cookie dough!

pumpkin pie playdough 2

3. Sprinkle flour on a cutting board. Place the playdough in the flour, and knead in flour until the playdough is the right consistency. You don’t want it to be sticky! It’s also less sticky if you put it in the fridge a few hours before play. I added a little more orange coloring here, so ignore the streakiness.

pumpkin pie playdough 3


That’s it! Refrigerate it for a while if you want to, or go straight to playing with your pumpkin pie playdough.

D is for Deciduous - Fall Kids Activity

We used magnets and foam letters to reinforce the letter D and the concept of deciduous trees. The kiddo had loads of fun pressing leaves into the playdough to see their impressions.

Leaf impressions with pumpkin pie playdough

The best part? This playdough smells amazing. Now I’m in the mood for a pumpkin pie or a pumpkin latte!

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe


This activity will be even more fun when we have more leaves on the ground!

D is for Deciduous - Alphabet Sensory Activity

To see the rest of the activities in the Alphabet Sensory Activities series, click on the image below!

Sensory Alphabet Series hosted by The Jenny Evolution


11 thoughts on “D is for Deciduous: Leaf Stamping With Pumpkin Pie Playdough”

  1. We are in full Fall mode in my house too! I’ve always made Kool-Aid playdough and decided to try a fall scent this year. Just jumped on my computer and came across your site! Definitely trying this with my littles this week.
    Thank you!

  2. I adore the colours of the leaves. I don’t think I’ve ever seen pumpkin pie spice over here in the UK though as it just isn’t as popular which is a shame as I LOVE it #MadeForKids

  3. I love Love LOVE this! It turned out so beautifully. I want to make some of that dough just to smell it. We won’t get any autumn leaves here for quite some time – we’ll have to use artificial ones too. Thank you for sharing your beautiful deciduous leaf stamping project on the new #made4kids linkup. I hope you join us again this coming Sunday.

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