Johnny Appleseed No-Cook Apple Pie Play Dough

No Mess and No Heat Apple Pie Play Dough Recipe

This no mess and no heat homemade play dough recipe will have your classroom smelling delicious and is perfect to use when studying Johnny Appleseed. We have loved this unit packed with crafts, experiments, ELA practice, math skills, and more!

We are finishing up our Johnny Appleseed week and have really enjoyed it! This has been the first time that I’ve truly enjoyed studying about apples and Johnny Appleseed. I really learned a lot myself while putting together my resource on TPT and I was especially glad that there were plenty of activities to keep my students engaged ALL WEEK. (Did I mention it is the week before fall break? Now you really know what a miracle that is! 🙂 )

If you haven’t done so yet, you can grab my resource on TPT by clicking on the product cover below. You will find the recipe along with mats and a ton of really fun activities inside!

It took me a little while to get around to having the play dough mats laminated but it is definitely a must-do. We mixed up the ingredients together in about …. uh… 3 minutes? Seriously, its super simple. Then the kids were ready to get busy. This is the perfect center activity but we did it as a whole class just because we didn’t have enough time to get through our rotations.

You can see that once you get all of the items mixed together it is the perfect consistency – not sticky at all!

The kids had so much fun practicing letter formation and building the little pictures that went along with that letter. While they were working my assistant and I went around asking them which letter they were working on and to produce the sound.

The best part was how it made the classroom smell – just like a delicious pie!



During our indoor recess time I let students get out all of the pie mats and we mixed up some different colors so they could make various types of pie. They LOVED this!


What do you do to celebrate Johnny Appleseed? Let me know in the comments.

If you haven’t read through my blog post about the erupting apple volcano, apple sauce, and tin foil hat crafts, click on the picture below!

You can also click on this picture to read about our fingerprint apples, nonfiction class book, and more!

If you haven’t done so yet, you can click on any of the product covers below to grab your copy!

Phew! It’s time to enjoy fall break! I always spend quite a bit of time working on resources for TPT during our time away from school and I’m excited to get several Halloween resources posted. The best part of my fall break will be hanging with my girls though. Aniston goes back to the eye doctor so we will see if the patching is working. Say a little prayer for us if you get a chance.

Happy Teaching and Mommy-ing this week friends!


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