Fall Recipe for Play - Pumpkin Spice Latte Oobleck
We are back for day four of our Fall Recipes for Play series. Monday - Playdough, Tuesday - Paint, Wednesday - Glowing, , and Friday - Nature. Today we having a fun scented fall recipe for play. The theme of the day is fall scents. I don't know about you, but when I think of fall the first scent that comes to mind is a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. If you don't drink coffee you probably can't relate, but for most of us who love coffee, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes mark the start of fall. I wanted to incorporate the scent of a pumpkin spice latte into our play, and after toying with a few ideas I knew that Oobleck would work well.
As the coffee and spice blended into the cornstarch the color faded, so we added some brown liquid watercolor paint. We have actually made this Oobleck twice, and we only added the paint the second time. Both ways were wonderful. If you have the paint, add a bit, but don't sweat it if you don't.
The second time we made Oobleck lattes my boys truly got into it. JZ (6) played in it the longest. Of course when he stuck his feet into the mixture his baby brothers had to climb in too.
Long after everyone else got washed up JZ sat on the edge of the bin, mesmerized by the Oobleck. The smell was incredible, like a real pumpkin spice latte.
The first time we made it I packed everyone in the car and drove to Starbucks immediately after our play time. The smell had me craving an actual latte.
Tank surprised me by coming back to the Oobleck after JZ was done. Tank usually doesn't spend a lot of time with our sensory bins. After today I'm wondering if he just wants them to himself.
Without his brothers he was free to play and explore in his own timing.
I shouldn't be too surprised. He is always trying to sneak tastes of my lattes.
Be sure and visit these other fantastic sites to see their scented play, and come back each day this week for more fall recipes for play!
Scented Tea Pretend Play from Fun at Home with Kids
Homemade Scented Candles from Blog Me Mom
Erupting Fall Playdough from Housing a Forest