Apple Playdough for the win!

My kindergartener just had apple day in school. What is apple day, you ask? Well, the kids all dressed up as Johnny Appleseed, which was adorable. Think rolled up jeans, a button-down shirt, vest, and an over the shoulder pouch for their apple seeds. Johnny Appleseed also wore a pot on his head, and his teacher was all set up so each of the kids could make their own hat at school. They also did some really fun activities like making homemade applesauce and tasting all things apple. Parents volunteered to bring in apple products for all of the student to try. They had fresh apples, apple chips, apple muffins, apple juice, and even dried apples.

Since they were already covered on snacks, I decided to make playdough. In all honesty, it was my first time making it at home, but it was super simple and turned out great! To fit with the theme of the day, I decided to kick the playdough up a notch and dye the dough red, add some fall fragrance (cinnamon and nutmeg), and turn the dough into individual apples for each of the kids.

While the boys were busy as school, we took a girls trip to Michaels and bought some branches for the stems. All I needed was some sharp scissors or garden pruners to cut off little pieces. Then my daughter, Ella, and I took a walk outside to collect little leaves. Once the playdough was made, we made sure to let it cool down, and then kneaded it to get it to the desired consistency (very important). I then broke off individual portions, rolled them into a ball, and then stuck in a stem and a leaf. I thought they came out adorable, and the kids really loved them.

The nice thing about making the apples is that the teacher didn’t have to portion it out in class (which saved her time), and it was a super fun presentation for the kids. They all got to play with their playdough apples in school, and were then able to roll it back up and make their own unique apple. I sent in baggies as well, so that each child could take them home. Below is the recipe and instructions.

Apple Playdough Recipe


  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup Salt
  • ½ Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • ¾ Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon Red or Green Food Coloring
  • 1 Cup Water
  • A Few Drops of Liquid Glycerin (Adds Shine – Optional)


  1. In a medium pot, combine the dry ingredients and mix together.
  2. Add in the remaining wet ingredients, and stir.
  3. Cook over medium heat, until you reach the desired consistency. It only takes a few minutes. The dough will start to lift away from the pot when it’s ready.
  4. Remove the dough, let cool, and knead (very important)


  • If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little flour.
  • If the dough is a little dry, you can wet your hand and knead.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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