Play Dough Tree: Fall Activity For Toddlers

This play dough tree is so fun for toddlers to create! The recipe is simple and cinnamon scent adds an extra touch of fall!

Aaliyah has been asking more and more to help me in the kitchen. She loves baking and washing and cutting up vegetables for dinner. When she asked me to play with play dough, I knew it would be perfect practice for measuring and mixing. After creating our Spice Paint Fall Tree, I wanted to stick with a fall theme. Adding in cinnamon scent and creating leaves in fall shades made this play dough tree a fun activity!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup liquid watercolors
  • 1/4 cup sale
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Leaf cookie cutters

Making Playdough

To start, I had her measure out the ingredients into the bowl. The measurements above are for one pan, we made three for this activity. For the first batch, we replaced the 1 cup of liquid watercolors with 1 cup of water and sprinkled in a little more cinnamon than maybe necessary. But the brown was so dark and beautiful! I cooked the play dough and she mixed up another batch of play dough.

This is such a great time to work in counting and measurements, as well as learning new vocabulary. Aaliyah has been helping me so much it was so funny to hear her ask when we add the garlic salt!

For the second batch we made a red dough, and then third I had her start with yellow. Once it got thicker on the stove I split out half and added green. I thought the green would cover the yellow but it actually marbled which was a beautiful effect!

Making the Playdough Tree

Once our Playdough was cool, we started making the Playdough tree. We had discussed parts of the treee like trunk and branches when we made our spice tree. I asked her where these pieces went and she made the trunk by rolling a snake and smooshing it into shape. This dough smelled SO good honestly even I wanted to eat it!

We then started talking about colors of the leaves that we saw on our walk. Our conversation started with green, but she couldn’t resist the bright red dough. She rolled out a slab and cut out leaves with her cookie cutters. We decided four of each color would fill up our tree, and she made the leaves in yellow and green, adding them in sections.

The Playdough tree looked so beautiful! She talked about the leaves and pointed to each in the order they turn. She also loved smelling the cinnamon Playdough tree trunk, she said it smelled like breakfast! We ended up spending two hours playing with play dough the first day! The tub has already been brought out many times since. Make sure you keep it in an air tight container in the fridge for lots of play!

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  1. This sooooo much fun! I love the coconut oil and cinnamon. Can’t wait to do this with my younger two.

  2. This activity is adorable! My son loves playdough so we will be doing this very soon!

  3. 101foodtravel says:

    What a fun and colorful activity with kids. Trying this with my four year old. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I bet this play dough smells YUMMY. A great idea for the Fall! I think my son would find the brown one funny…. poop!

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