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

Thanksgiving Play For Preschoolers

Thanksgiving no cook dough sensory play with corn oats

Thanksgiving Play Ideas

Easy no cook dough for Thanksgiving sensory play! I love no cook play dough for how simple it is to make. Our apple sauce playdough was a real hit! This recipe below is one of my favorites and part of our 12 Awesome Sensory Play Recipes.  

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

He loves when I start pulling out fun ingredients from the cupboard and I tell him we are going to 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 play dough 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 harvest sensory bins! We love simple and hands-on farm activities for preschoolers!

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

Thanksgiving Sensory Play No Cook Dough


Play Doh Thanksgiving 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..


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!

Thanksgiving no cook dough sensory play making cookies pretend play

Play Doh Thanksgiving Play

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!

Thanksgiving no cook dough sensory play with indian corn

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!

Thanksgiving no cook dough sensory and book play Bear Says Thanks

Check out our Bear Says Thanks Sensory Bin Too!

Bear Says Thanks Sensory Bin Exploring Gratitude

More Fun Thanksgiving Play Ideas

Simple Thanksgiving No Cook Play Dough

Click on the image below or on the link for more fun Thanksgiving sensory activities.

10 Thanksgiving Activities For Sensory Play


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