Joy the Puppy Helps with Sunday School

Russ and I teach preschool Sunday School at Westwood Church. It is about our favorite thing ever. Last week the lesson was “God made the animals.” We brought Joy because, you know, animal. Well, anyways, it was a good excuse to bring Joy.

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Did the kids wear you out Joy?


But did you have fun?


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For the same lesson, we made pumpkin play doh. We used it to make animals to remember “God made the animals,” but like using the theme as a thinly veiled excuse to hang out with Joy the Puppy, we really wanted to make pumpkin play doh. We used to make it every year, but we had not in a couple years because the girls had gotten older. Abby said that she has NOT outgrown playing with play doh, and now Olive and Charlie, our niece and nephew, are old enough to play with play doh, so maybe we will start up again. The kids loved it, and I loved the familiar fall cinnamon smell! Do you want the recipe?


God made the animals, and I made this cat out of pumpkin play doh.

Pumpkin Play Doh


3 cups of flour

1 1/2 cups of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar (in the spice section)

3 cups water

3 tablespoons oil

1 container of pumpkin pie spice (about one ounce)

red and yellow (or orange) food coloring


Mix dry ingredients (except pumpkin pie spice) in a big cooking pot. Blend liquids into the middle of the dry ingredients. Combine and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about five minutes.)

Turn onto a counter. Add the entire container of pumpkin pie spice and food coloring. Knead until smooth. Add more food coloring if needed and knead it in until it is the color you want.

Store in an airtight container. (We store ours in a baggie.)


The play doh recipe is from The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. The pumpkin flair :) is from the Omaha World Herald.

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