Thanksgiving Sensory Activities for Kids

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving or Harvest Day?  Or you maybe you are just looking for a fun new sensory play activity to try with your kids this Fall! There is something to suit everybody right here in our pick of Thanksgiving Sensory Activities.

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Celebrating the Harvest

I grew up in a rural community in the UK. Every year in October families donated fresh produce or tins of food for our school “Harvest Festival” celebrations. I remember the school stage bursting with the colours of autumn and the school hall full of songs of celebration at the  special assembly. This was a very important time for my family especially, as my parents were farmers, so gathering a good harvest was a necessity for us.

Thanksgiving Day

Our Harvest Festivals though are pretty low-key compared to the US and Canada, who both celebrate Thanksgiving Day (2nd Monday in October for Canada, 4th Thursday in November for US). Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday to celebrate and give thanks for the year’s harvest. Families and friends gather together to eat turkey and pumpkin pie and watch the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or watch the special NFL matches (in the US), which are a big feature of the weekend long celebrations.

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Sensory Play Activities for Thanksgiving

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Sensory Play is basically any activity which gives one or more or your child’s senses a work out – touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Below you will find our favourite Thanksgiving and Harvest Sensory Activities to try with your kids this autumn.

Mix up this Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Recipe or try this No Cook Thanksgiving Sensory Dough recipe.

This Turkey Sensory Squishy Bag activity is ideal for calming babies and toddlers.

“Bake” a Scented Shaving Foam Pumpkin Pie.

Dig around in this Simple Sensory Bin.

There is lots of hands-on fun to be had in this Harvest Tuff Spot.

Have fun playing with a Sensory Small World Adventure.

Get hands on with water in this Sensory Sink or Float Thanksgiving science activity.

Enjoy exploring this Pumpkin Scented Cloud Dough.

Felt is a lovely texture to use in sensory play. Why not use some scraps up and make this Turkey Busy Bag .

Fill a Fall Harvest Sensory Bin full of wooden beads and have fun scooping and pouring with tongs and containers.

If you haven’t had a go at making Cloud Dough before you have to give this Pumpkin Cloud Dough Recipe a try.

Invite your kids to make some Play Dough Turkeys.

Get messy with some paints and a corn cob to paint these unique Thanksgiving Place Mats.

Take some tickley feathers and turn them into a Paper Plate Turkey.

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  • Laura October 20, 2015, 12:46 pm

    This is a great list of fun activities! Thanks for including our placemats. 🙂

  • Emma October 20, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Shaving foam pumpkin pie? My daughter would love that one! (Anything shaving cream is a hit at out house!)

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