50 Playdough Recipes for Autumn

50 Playdough Recipes for Autumn — Fireflies and Mud Pies

Playdough activities are a staple in our home as the temperature cools and the days shorten. I have to admit, I love sinking my hands into a smooth playdough richly scented with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg just as much as my children do!

Shared below are 50 Playdough Recipes for Autumn collected from Kid Blogger Network authors. And as a seasonal treat, there is also an opportunity to win one of four $500 CASH prizes from the Kid Blogger Network Autumn Giveaway.

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Mason Jar Superhero Banks

Mason Jar Superhero Banks - Fireflies and Mud Pies

Do your children receive a weekly allowance? We haven’t implemented one yet, but have been thinking about it as the boys grow increasingly interested in money. They have figured out that Mommy and Daddy earn money through work, and that money pays for our needs and wants. A weekly allowance would be an awesome, hands-on opportunity for the boys to learn about saving, giving, and spending. In the meantime, they’ve been saving pennies from in-between the couch cushions in adorable Mason Jar Superhero Banks I made this summer.

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Rustic Pine Cone Apple Craft


Oh, the things my children collect! Owen has been bringing pine cones home from 4K in his backpack for the past 2 weeks. He collects them during recess, packs them into his little denim pockets, transfers them to his mustard-yellow dinosaur backpack, then proudly gives them to me with a smile on his face. The collection has grown so large that we needed to do something about it.

Presenting our latest nature craft for kids, Rustic Pine Cone Apples!

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Ranch Goldfish Crackers

Ranch Goldfish Crackers - Fireflies and Mud Pies

I don’t know about your kids, but mine would live in a jar of ranch salad dressing if I let them. I make a fresh batch weekly with homemade ranch seasoning, yogurt, and mayonnaise.  Every so often, I sprinkle the seasoning over popcorn (sooo delicious!), or bake it onto oyster crackers, pretzels, or goldfish crackers. Shared below is the recipe for one of my boys’ favorite after-school snacks – Ranch Seasoned Goldfish Crackers.

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DIY Stamped Leaf Shirts

DIY Stamped Nature Shirts - Fireflies and Mud Pies

If you’ve been a reader of Fireflies and Mud Pies for a while, you know one of my passions is getting kids outside to play. Outdoor play positively influences a child’s health by improving their mood and physical fitness, developing their immune system, and enhancing their creativity, leadership skills, and imagination. Additionally, children who spend time outdoors are more likely to become environmental stewards, demonstrating a higher level of respect and appreciation for their environment and the people, creatures, and plants that live within it.

Time outdoors needn’t be intense. Much of our outdoor play revolves around playgrounds, leisurely nature walks, sand play, and crafting. Our latest nature craft, DIY Stamped Leaf Shirts, taught my oldest son how to identify several common trees while getting his hands messy in the art process.

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Refreshing Limeade Slush

Cool, Refreshing Limeade Slush - Fireflies and Mud Pies

Today while running various errands with the boys, we saw school supplies, autumn wreaths, and Halloween decorations on sale. Wait, what? It feels like just yesterday I was declaring summer with Wild Blueberry Lemonade, and now it’s time to buy fleece jackets and backpacks?

Not in this home. There is still time for chasing fireflies, catching frogs, and cooling off with water blaster games. It’s summer in Wisconsin for at least 42 more days, and we are going to enjoy every last bit of it, starting with this drink.

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