Fall Spice Paints


Our sixth addition to our Fall Fun Series, Fall Spice Paints will arouse your kid’s sense of smell like no other paints around! They will also leave your house smelling super yummy! We’ve had fun using spices in previous articles such as Vanilla Cinnamon Oobleck and Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Dough. I love the smells of autumn and I love that I can incorporate it into my kid’s play! I recommend this activity for children 12 months and older.

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  1. Cinnamon
  2. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  3. Ground Ginger
  4. Brown Sugar
  5. Flour
  6. Corn Starch
  7. Dish soap
  8. Food coloring


Step 1 – Place 1 Tbsp of each spice in 4 separate containers

Step 2 – Add 1 Tbsp of flour

Step 3 – Add 4 Tbsp of water

Step 4 – Add 1 Tsp of corn starch

Step 5 – Add 1 Tsp of dish soap

Step 6 – Mix it all together

Step 7 – Add food coloring (about 20 drops per container. The more food coloring you put the brighter your spice paints will be)

  • Cinnamon – approximately 20 red drops
  • Pumpkin Spice – approximately 5 red drops, 15 yellow drops
  • Ginger – approximately 20 yellow drops
  • Brown Sugar – approximately 8 green drops, 8 red drops, 4 yellow drops

Step 8 – Mix with a fork

Step 9 – IMPORTANT Because each of the spices are of a different consistency I had to play around a bit with adding extra ingredients to each different container. These are the alterations I did for each different spice paint:

  • Cinnamon – No changes
  • Ginger – Add 1 extra Tsp of flour
  • Brown Sugar – Add 5 extra Tbsp of flour and 3 extra Tbsp of brown sugar
  • Pumpkin Spice – Add 1 extra Tsp of water


 Lets Get Painting!

I set up a tray with a piece of watercolor paper I had drawn the trunk and branches of a tree on. I figured they could paint all over it and it may turn out looking like fall leaves. It was worth a shot!



It’s always interesting seeing how differently each of my twenty-two month old twins react to different play materials. Especially the ones that can get messy. Now that I think about it, I should’ve laid down some plastic under their high chairs. Theres a pro tip for you! My son didn’t spill his containers but used them neatly with the paint brushes.

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My daughter on the other hand took full advantage of the fact that I gave them each half of the paints in open containers. Now I know better that to give them so much at once!

DSC_0184 DSC_0223  She even started eating the paints. I guess she liked the flavor of spices mixed with dish soap. Yuck!

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This was definitely one of their favorite of the Fall Fun activities that they have experienced.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to make Fall Spice Paints and make sure to check out our other Fall Fun activities!

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  • Debs

    Ooh, we’ve made spice paints before but not using this method. I’ll have to give it a go. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. Just letting you know that I’ll be featuring it this week on Learn with Play at Home. 😀

    • SowSproutPlay

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it enough to feature me. 😀

  • This sounds amazing, thanks!

    • SowSproutPlay

      You’re very welcome!

  • What a neat idea! This must smell amazing!

    • SowSproutPlay

      Thanks! They do smell great and after they dry you can smell them on the paper, I’m not sure for how long but I’m sure they will last at least a few weeks, maybe months, years? 😀

  • disqus_r1EkiTZZK2

    Oh I love this! It is spring here but I’ll be doing this anyway, how wonderful 🙂

    • SowSproutPlay

      Thank you! I’m glad you liked it! 😀

  • Thank you – these are just great for my sensory seeker

  • Early Years

    Question: I would like to keep this edible for our youngest learners. Why do you need to add dish soap? Have you tried without? Thanks for helping me with this.