An abundance of harvest and food is brought by the fall season, making it really difficult to overlook these Thanksgiving sensory bin activities!
While the adults are busy preparing the food, keep little hands moving with these Thanksgiving sensory bin ideas and activities.
12 Thanksgiving Sensory Bin Activities
These sensory bins require the need for a large container and various sensory and fine motor accessories or tools for kids.
Don’t have the right tools? Here’s a neat set of tools to help you get started!
1. Simple Thanksgiving Dinner Sensory Bin
Turkeys aren’t the only thing that’s prepared during Thanksgiving. Views from a Step Stool shows kids how to make this Thanksgiving dinner sensory bin that uses things found in your home during this time of year, such as cranberries and candy corn.
Turn this sensory bin activity into a full-blown sensory craft by making these Thanksgiving painted rocks as well!
2. Thanksgiving Harvest Sensory Bin
Because I Said So, Baby shares this beautiful pumpkin-themed Thanksgiving sensory bin that’s perfect for preschoolers.
All that’s needed for this simple sensory bin (besides typical craft materials) are harvest grains, popcorn kernels, pumpkin cupcake liners, mini pumpkins, and a set of sensory tools for kids.
3. Paper Shreds Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
Paper shreds can also be used for Thanksgiving sensory bins, as seen here by Still Playing School.
4. Beads Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
Another sensory material that’s great to use for Thanksgiving sensory bins is beads because they have a similar feel to seeds.
5. Pasta Thanksgiving Sorting Activity
Colored pasta also makes for great sensory play because it targets sight, sound, and sound. Not Quite Super Mom colors rigatoni and ziti pasta shells with food coloring to use in this Thanksgiving sorting activity that brings together two of America’s pastimes: Thanksgiving and football!
6. Cooked Spaghetti Fall Sensory Activity
I hope no one is squeamish about this next sensory bin activity! This cool cooked spaghetti sensory bin from The Train Driver’s Wife uses cooked spaghetti as the main sensory ingredient in this bin.
Add some pine cones, and cranberries, and leave (faux or real) for a “wormy” touch experience.
7. Aromatic Thanksgiving Activity
Thanksgiving often reminds me of the warm and earthy notes that accompany the fall season. Cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg—a single whiff of these sweet spices will instantly bring Thanksgiving to you.
Domestic Mommyhood blends these aromatic spices together to create a unique Thanksgiving sensory activity that will overload your senses, in a good way.
8. Wooden Chips Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
9. Watery Thanksgiving Sensory Bin
Don’t mind making a bit of a mess? Then kids will love this watery Thanksgiving sensory bin by Fantastic Fun and Learning.
This sensory bin activity uses water, cranberries, Indian corn, and plastic pumpkins to help kids understand not just how things feel, but also how they interact with other natural elements!
10. A Thanksgiving Purée
What’s a sensory activity without a release of pent-up emotions?
In a wide bowl, Kaplan throws in the seeds and flesh of pumpkins, cinnamon sticks, and some small pine cones for good measure.
Your little ones will feel that catharsis—not to mention the natural fall aroma—after puréeing all these ingredients with a toy hammer.
11. Turkey Sensory Bin
Here’s a really easy-to-do Thanksgiving turkey sensory bin by I Heart Crafty Things. This cute turkey coop is made using oatmeal, Lincoln Logs, small empty containers, opaque beads, and toy or decorative turkeys.
12. Colorful Rice Turkey Sensory Bin
Rice is also an excellent material for sensory play. Mommy Evolution uses rice, a Ziploc, and food coloring to show kids how to make their own colored rice. This sensory activity also includes instructions on how to make a paper turkey!
Additional tools that are needed to complete this fun and unique sensory bin activity are sensory tools for kids and a pair of training chopsticks.
4 Thanksgiving Sensory Bottle Crafts
Nothing makes for great Thanksgiving sensory activities for preschoolers like sensory bottles! These four sensory activities may not require bins, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less engaging.
13. Small Turkey Sensory Bottle
Sensory jars, such as these turkey sensory bottles from Fun-A-Day, are really easy to make and fun for all ages. Besides the usual craft materials, this particular craft requires some materials that are less commonly found in most households, such as:
14. Large Turkey Sensory Bottle
For a large Turkey sensory bottle, Kid Activities with Alexa has got you covered.
Because sensory bottles are a different and unique type of kids’ craft, there are a few materials you’ll need to gather (outside of the usual crafting materials) to do this really neat activity:
15. Autumn Sensory Bottle
This is a really simple sensory bottle craft featuring autumn colors and leaves by The Chaos and Clutter. To make one that will help provide a calm experience for kids you’ll need a water bottle, confetti, faux autumn leaves, autumn-colored sequins, and glitter.
16. Dry Fall Sensory Bottle
Sensory bottles usually require water, but dry ingredients make for a whole new sensory play experience.
Wondering where in the world you’re going to find different colored rice? Make your own by mixing rice and food coloring together in a ziplock bag.
6 Other Fall and Thanksgiving Activities
17. Turkey Sensory Bag
Sensory bags make for great sensory activities for toddlers because they’re entertaining and safe to play with.
18. Play Dough Turkey
Want to learn how to make homemade playdough? Check out our step-by-step guide on how to make your very own playdough at home with a few simple ingredients.
“Gobble gobble” goes the turkey, and this turkey craft by Jodi will have kids gobbling to their heart’s content.
This sensory activity is a really neat auditory craft, but it does require quite a few things that you probably don’t already have at home, like:
Want more auditory sensory crafts? Then let kids try their hands at making their own musical instruments!
20. Where’s Waldo? Pumpkin Playdough Sensory Activity
Spice up your sensory play with this pumpkin playdough activity from Integrated Learning Strategies that doubles as a Where’s Waldo-inspired game.
This activity requires making the pumpkin playdough first, then hiding things like leaves, acorns, and candy corn within the playdough for kids to look for.
I love this sensory craft because not only does it stimulate your kid’s senses, but it also helps to refine those important fine motor skills!
21. Fall Sensory Oobleck
It’s slime time with this fall sensory oobleck from Craftulate. If you read the word “oobleck” for the first time in your life (like I did when I discovered this sensory craft), let me fill you in.
Oobleck refers to a substance that pours like a liquid but acts like a solid when pressure is applied to it. It’s a pretty simple substance to make and really, really cool for kids to play with.
With just cornstarch, water, food coloring, and a dash of cinnamon, kids can easily make their own oobleck. Add in some fall sensory items like faux fall leaves and cinnamon sticks for a Thanksgiving-themed sensory activity.
22. Counting Pumpkin Seeds Sensory Bin
Counting sheep can easily put someone to sleep. Spice it up and your preschoolers won’t have any trouble staying awake.
Taming Little Monsters labels small pumpkins made of egg cartons with numbers, and instructs children to put the amount of seeds indicated.
Let’s see what else we can make with this material in our list of egg carton crafts!
Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers and Even Toddlers!
Let kids discover the fall season using their senses with these Thanksgiving sensory bin ideas and activities!
Then, teach them about the classic holiday hobby of crocheting with our selection of crochet kits for kids!