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Explore sensory play with these Thanksgiving sensory activities for preschoolers! What a great way to entertain kids this Thanksgiving season.
Kids explore the world around them with their senses. That’s why sensory activities are so much fun for tots and preschoolers.
They love exploring the different textures, colors, weights, and scents of every day items – some common and some not-co-common.
I love when the holidays offer a unique opportunity to introduce little ones to new sights and sounds and smells. Autumn is ripe with opportunities to explore pumpkins, turkeys, corn, and leaves.
I’ve rounded up twenty amazing Thanksgiving sensory activities that your tots and preschoolers are going to love! Which one will you try first?
Thanksgiving Sensory Activities
Fall Harvest Sensory Bin Play Fine Motor – I love this fall harvest sensory bin! Little Bins for Little Hands
Thanksgiving Turkey Sensory Bin – I need to get some of these little turkeys! They’re a great addition to this Thanksgiving sensory bin. I Heart Crafty Things
Thanksgiving Sensory Bin – Dried corn adds a unique touch to this Thanksgiving sensory bin. Sugar Aunts
Cranberry Dough Recipe – Little ones can strengthen their fine motor skills with this Cranberry Dough. Learn Play Imagine
Indian Corn Squish Bag – Kids will work on their fine motor skills as they make their own Indian Corn Squish Bags. Fantastic Fun and Learning
Thanksgiving Sensory Play – Here’s another fun twist on a Thanksgiving sensory bin. No Time for Flashcards
November Sensory Tub – With items found around the house you, too, can make a fall sensory bin you can use all month long. Counting Coconuts
Thanksgiving Sensory Tub for Preschoolers – Inspired by a local attraction, this corn bin sensory tub is sure to be a hit! I Can Teach My Child
Corn Fun – Here’s a fun 3D craft you can do with your tots and preschoolers. We Can Do All Things
Pasta Turkeys and the Rest of our Week – I’ve never seen a turkey craft like this one! It looks like loads of fun! 123 Homeschool 4 MePumpkin Homemade Cloud Dough Sensory Play – Cloud dough has a different texture than regular playdoh. Try this pumpkin cloud dough with your preschoolers and see what they think. Little Bins for Little Hands
Thanksgiving Sensory Bin – Here’s another fun Thanksgiving themed sensory bin. The Chaos and the Clutter
Seek-n-Find Fall Sensory Bin– Send your kids on a scavenger hunt with this seek-n-find sensory bin! Mama Miss
Thanksgiving Sensory Bin – I love the toy food and stuffed turkey in this sensory bin. Still Playing School
Thanksgiving Turkey Play Dough– Preschoolers will love building their own play dough turkeys for the holidays. Fantastic Fun and Learning
Indian Corn Sensory Bin – This sensory bin features Indian corn for a unique autumn sensory bin. Still Playing School
Native American Small World – Little ones will love exploring this Native American small world and making their own drum. Crayon Box Chronicles
Pumpkin Spice Playdough – Kids can help make this pumpkin-scented play dough. Homeschool Preschool
Fall Slime Recipe for Fall Science and Sensory Play – My daughter loves to make slime! I love the autumn twist with this recipe. Little Bins for Little Hands
Button Turkey Busy Bag – Your little ones will fine-tune their fine motor skills as they button the turkey’s feathers on him in this activity. Natural Beach Living
Which of these Thanksgiving sensory activities will you do first with your preschoolers?
MUST HAVE RESOURCES:
When completing these crafts and activities at home, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
BOOKS ABOUT Thanksgiving
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool Thanksgiving books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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Thankful – Celebrate everyday blessings, practice thankfulness, and observe the wonderful acts of service that keep us going each and every day.
God Gave Us Thankful Hearts – Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season – for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends.
We Gather Together – Looking at both the science of weather and the history of how the fall equinox has been celebrated by various cultures throughout the world, this book will inspire a new understanding of autumn and the harvest season.
ROUND OUT YOUR UNIT WITH THESE ACTIVITIES
This little turkey is adorable and fun. With colorful feathers, a cute little face and 2 three toed feet it pleases the senses. Use the feathers for color matching and identification or set this up somewhere visible so it doubles as a holiday decoration.
Is there anything cuter at Thanksgiving time than hand-print turkeys? How about toilet paper roll turkeys? If you’re looking for a fun turkey craft or activity to do with your little ones this month, look no further.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to curl up with one of our favorite Thanksgiving picture books for young children.