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The Best 3 Sensory-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities

Top 3 Sensory-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities

It is Fall and Thanksgiving is coming up yet again! There are many sensory-friendly activities that children with autism can do throughout the year, however, in this blog post, we will be sharing the top 3 sensory-friendly activities that are easy and wonderful for your children to enjoy during this Thanksgiving holiday season. These activities are also a great time for learning new skills while still enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday. 

  1. Arts & Craft activity: Q-Tip Fall Trees 

This activity is a great way to learn about fall colors and work on fine motor skills. The materials for this art activity are: 

  • Paint colors placed on a paper plate 
  • A few q-tips 
  • Paper with a tree designed on it  

For this activity, the parent or guardian can design the tree with a few branches or print out the tree for the child. Remember this art activity does not have to look perfect, as the focus is for your loved one to have fun. In this activity, your loved one will only use the q-tip to dip in the paint and press the q-tip to the paper above the tree. You can even bunch up the q-tips (with a rubber band of course!) and let your loved one mix the colors for the leaves design.  

  1. Making treats: Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites 

This next tasty activity is super easy to make and is a great way to teach counting. For this Thanksgiving treat, you will need to bring out the following items for your loved one, 

  • 12 Pretzel twists 
  • 36 pieces of Candy corn 
  • 12 Rolos or Reese’s chocolate 
  • 12 Reese’s Pieces
  • 24 Candy Eyeballs 

Before designing your candied turkeys be sure to preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the pretzel and chocolate are added, you can place these in the oven for 1 minute. Keep watch of the chocolate to see if it softens. Once they are out of the oven you can then add the pieces to make your turkey. Use the candy corn as feathers, Reese’s pieces as the beak, and the candy eyes to make your tasty Candied Turkey. What is also nice is that you can store these treats in the fridge to have for later.  

  1. Arts & Craft Activity: Leaf Stamping on Playdough  

This final activity is a great combination of texture and learning about fall leaves. For this activity, you will need: 

  • Playdough  
  • Leaves  

You can also create your own playdough if you want to save money. With this activity, your loved one will first gather some leather. As much as your child wants! Once the leaves are gathered, you and your loved one will work on getting making a flat playdough. With that thin piece of playdough, your child will then press the leaves into it to create their leaf stamp. 

These are the top 3 sensory-friendly activities but there are also many more activities you can do. We hope you will enjoy these sensory-friendly activities with your families. What other activities do you like to do during the Thanksgiving holiday season?

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