WES Principal’s 100 Club – Pumpkin Pie Playdough


“Celebrating your wins not only feels great physically, it also reinforces the positive attitude and behavior you want to have show up when you face a new challenge or opportunity.”

Williams Elementary is proud to announce that 75 students have received principal’s 100 club tickets so far this year!  We had our first group of mystery motivator winners celebrate by making pumpkin scented playdough. Principal Smith enjoys making positive calls to parents to share the awesome things their children are doing while at school.  “It is a great opportunity to connect with our families and thank them for the awesome job they have done raising their children to make great choices and to treat others with respect and kindness.”

“The recognition of students fosters strong relationships among students, families, faculty, and the community and creates a positive school culture where students feel valued,” (Matthew Younghans author of “Recognizing Student Success: Creating a Positive Culture for Students”).

Here are some examples of great things students are doing at Williams: 

*including others in a game at recess

*helping to pick up the playground

*being patient and kind when helping a peer with their work

*always walking into class with a smile on their face and being kind to everyone in class

*giving a student a compliment

*helping to clean up the lunch room without being asked and holding the door open for others

*being supportive to others while on the kickball field


If you would like to make this recipe at home we have included it below.

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe


  1. In a large pot, add in vegetable oil, food color, and water (add food coloring to water first so it’s easier to mix in), stir.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Or individually add your spices and then your salt and flour as show in the video. Add dry ingredients to your pan for cooking.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.
  4. Remove from heat, let cool, and knead.
  5. If the dough feels sticky, add a bit more flour.

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