When the holiday season gets busy you need easy and fun activities to do with the kids! This no cook Thanksgiving Turkey playdough is perfect for an indoor afternoon, a pie baking session, or even Thanksgiving morning to keep all the kids happy! Our easy homemade Thanksgiving playdough recipe uses simple ingredients that you are sure to have on hand this holiday season!


Thanksgiving Play Ideas

Whip up a batch of easy no cook playdough for Thanksgiving sensory play! I love no cook playdough for how simple it is to make.

Our applesauce playdough was also a real hit! This recipe below is one of my favorites and part of our Awesome Sensory Play Recipes.

Every now and then, I love to throw together a brand new playdough recipe for a morning’s sensory play session. We don’t often buy playdough from the store these days.

He loves it when I start pulling out fun ingredients from the cupboard and tell him we will invent a new dough to play with today! I think he loves the novelty of creating something brand new!

This is such a pliable, soft, and easy Thanksgiving no-cook playdough recipe to use for Thanksgiving play. It smells and feels wonderful. The corn and oats add great texture to our Thanksgiving harvest play!

We talked quite a bit about harvest and what foods might be harvested this time of year! Already this season, we have watched harvest and farm videos, read books about harvest,  explored Fall’s harvest colors, and made fall sensory bins! We love simple and hands-on farm activities for preschoolers!

This would be a perfect no cook playdough recipe to throw together for Thanksgiving play or to keep the kids busy while you are cooking and baking! It really is that simple.

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More Easy Playdough Recipes

There are so many fun variations of playdough to make and enjoy with young kids. Here are a few of our favorites…

Free Printable Thanksgiving Playdough Mats

Grab this free Pumpkin Pie Playdough Mat Set to add to your no cook dough recipe!

Thanksgiving Playdough Recipe

So quick and EASY!

Supplies needed:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of oats
  • 1/2 Cup of pumpkin mixed with a couple tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 Cup of oil
  • 1/2 Cup of salt
  • Cinnamon or other spices (optional)
  • Corn kernels
  • Props for play such as Indian Corn, rolling pins, cookie cutters, etc...

Make It!

STEP 1. In your bowl add flour, oats, salt, spices and oil.

STEP 2. Warm the pumpkin and water in microwave for 30 seconds. Add to bowl. Mix!

I like to mix with my hands as it does a quicker job of combining it all!

STEP 3. Set out as an invitation to play and explore with your Thanksgiving theme props!

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How To Use Your Thanksgiving Playdough

Explore Sensory Textures

Explore textures with Indian Corn on the Thanksgiving dough as shown in the photos below. Push the corn husks into the dough or decorate with it. Why not, add some oats too!

You might also want to try corn painting!

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Create a Playdough Feast

Use playdough to craft a miniature Thanksgiving feast. Mold playdough into various food items such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, vegetables, and pumpkin pie. Encourage kids to arrange the items on a playdough plate to create their own Thanksgiving dinner.

Design A Turkey

Shape playdough into turkey figures, using different colors for the feathers, beak, and wattle. Add googly eyes and small sticks or toothpicks for the legs. These playdough turkeys can be used as decorations for the Thanksgiving table or as part of an art project.

Make Gratitude Turkeys

Create playdough turkeys with a twist by incorporating messages of gratitude. Write or mold messages of thanks onto the feathers of the playdough turkey. Each feather could contain something a child is thankful for.

Add A Book

While we were playing, I grabbed a favorite Thanksgiving book, Bear Says Thanks by Karma WilsonWe made a party for the animals and talked about the food and friends we are thankful for as well!

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More Fun Thanksgiving Play Ideas

Printable Playdough Recipes Pack

If you want an easy-to-use printable resource for all your favorite playdough recipes, including this one, and exclusive (only available in this pack) playdough mats, grab our printable Playdough Project Pack!

  • Homemade Playdough Recipes including traditional, no-cook, super soft, and even taste-safe ideas!
  • Playdough Mats with an Early Learning Theme, including space, seasons, volcanos, bees, and more!
  • Playdough tips, tricks, and ideas!


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