Thanksgiving Activities

I wanted to include Thanksgiving Activities for you to do with your little one during this holiday break. This primarily focuses on sensory experiences and food exploration. With food exploration, there is no expectation of the child eating the food, it is simply for play! If they do end up eating or wanting to eat it, that is an added bonus!

  • Pumpkin Playdough:


- 1 can of pumpkin puree (15 oz)

- 2 cups of cornstarch

- 2 tbsp of pumpkin pie spices

Combine all in a bowl (adding in the cornstarch slowly) until it is a smooth consistency and ENJOY!

If it is too sticky add a little more cornstarch! You can use this as playdough and make shapes with it, cut it with scissors to work on scissor skills, roll into balls to make "pumpkins". Whatever your heart desires!

  • Painting with Apples:

- It can be any type of apple, cut in half.

- Dip the half cut apple (cut side down) in paint

- Press onto paper to make apple design

  • Mashed Potato Sculptures

I know, I know how this sounds but TRUST me, kids will love it! This can be a household competition of a fun activity for you and your little one to do together. This is a great tactile sensory activity that also incorporates smell and taste!

Ingredients (per child):

- 1 cup of mashed potatoes

- 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese


- 1 egg or egg yolk (if they won't eat it, otherwise leave it out)

- Food coloring

While sculpting, heat your oven to 350 degrees (this is how you will solidify the sculpture).

While the oven is heating get out a non-stick pan or use parchment paper to lay the sculptures on.

They can make the sculpture into whatever shape they want and you can use food coloring to paint on top of the sculpture.

Once they are done, pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Once they cool you can serve them as a snack if they want to or you can show them off at Thanksgiving Dinner!

  • Green Bean Houses:

All you really need for these are green beans (cooked or uncooked).

On a flat surface like a table or tray, you can configure the green beans into whatever shapes you would like! The crisper the green bean, the easier it will be to snap. You can even pop them in the oven if you want to bake them. Your child would probably LOVE to eat the house that they made! And if not that is okay! They might still be learning about green beans!

I hope these brought some ideas to bring into your home for the holidays!

If you try any of these, tag us in them on Instagram @ivegotyoubabes

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! Please cherish this time with your families!

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