Fun Autumn Activity for Preschoolers

Autumn is the season of beautiful scents: pumpkin, apple and cinnamon!

What better way to get into the spirit of fall with your little ones than with a fun sensory activity?

Let’s Make Cinnamon Scented Play Dough!

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Homemade play dough is a great way to spend time together and learn. For this super fun, no stove top needed recipe, you’ll have a blast measuring and mixing and playing with your awesome creation!


1 cup of flour (may need more later)

1/4 cup of salt

1/2 cup of warm water

Ground cinnamon for scent

Mixing Bowl

Mixing Spoon

Measuring Cups


Mix dry ingredients. Add more cinnamon for a stronger scent!

Slowly pour warm water into the mixture.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Once at a thick consistency, use hands to knead play dough.

That’s it!

This is definitely one of those recipes where you’ll need to figure out the exact consistency that you like best. If it feels too sticky, then add a little more flour. Store in a sealed container to be used for later!


For a bit of a challenge for your preschooler, download our playdoughprintable! Using the recipe above, your child can practice tracing the letters of some of the ingredients and use crayons or markers to “fill” the measuring cups  with the amounts in the recipe. 

Let us know how it turns out! Happy Autumn!


Ms. Ashley is the early childhood enthusiast and play advocate based in the Atlanta area. For more information about her blog and services, visit