Pumpkins & Squash

October is one of the most exciting months of the year, with autumn in full swing! Farmers are harvesting and pumpkins are being carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. The change in leaf color kicks off this season of warmth and vibrance.

This month’s box features the seed-to-table journey of pumpkins and squash. Not only are pumpkins and squash fresh and seasonal foods, they are also a good source of fiber and Vitamin A, C, and B1. From roasting squash seeds, to baking pumpkin treats, the possibilities for engaging children are endless.

Looking for a fun, quick, and easy activity that celebrates fall? Try making Pumpkin Scented Play Dough!

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Pumpkin Scented Play Dough


  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups of boiling water
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice blend or cinnamon spice

Optional: all natural red and yellow food coloring  


  1. In a large bowl mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice blend (or cinnamon) together. (Optional: add in all natural red and yellow food coloring).
  2. Carefully add the boiled water in batches. Stir with a spoon until everything is well combined.

  3. Allow the mixture to cool. Take it out of the bowl and knead the dough on a dry and clean surface until it is no longer sticky. To achieve  your desired texture, add flour to the dough as you knead it.

Although this recipe is non-toxic, it is not for consumption.

Recipe from: Rebecca Karr, Co-founder at beetbox

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