Snug Vest

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re sharing the best sensory activities you can do at home with your child (or students) during the fall holidays.

These ideas are simple, fun and you can do them during the holidays to add a sensory component to play and learning.

Let’s get started!

Autumn Leaves

Many kids with sensory needs love ripping paper. This sensory activity is a great chance to enjoy the outdoors with your child and let them rip up leaves to their heart’s content!

Here’s what to do:

Gather fallen leaves with your child (make sure the leaves are dry). Let the child rip and tear the leaves as much as they want. Make sure you join in the fun too!

What do you do with all these ripped up leaves? Make artwork, of course.

Grab a glue stick and stick those leaves onto paper. Try making a tree or make an image of your child’s favorite topic.

Have a bunch of leftover leaves? Try making leaf prints in playdough. Playing with playdough is a great way to get kids to unwind and relax.



Thanksgiving Nature Walk

Who doesn’t love a nature walk?

This nature walk mixes good old-fashioned fresh air and exercise with sensory learning!

Have your child come up with a list of things they might find on a nature walk. Here’s an example list:

  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • Twigs
  • Branches
  • Trees
  • Pinecones
  • Grass
  • Squirrels

Try to find each of the items on the list during a nature walk. You can take a walk around your block or visit a nearby park. Have the child describe the color, shape or textures of the things they find.


Thanksgiving Rice Tub

Rice may or may not be on your menu for Thanksgiving dinner, but it sure does make a fun sensory activity!

Dye uncooked rice with pretty fall colors (use food coloring) - red, yellow, or orange. Make sure you dye different colors in different batches. Let the rice dry before you add the colored rice to a small tub.

Add a few smaller containers to the tub and watch the kids scoop and pour rice. Some kids will be entertained for hours!

If you’re not a fan of dyeing rice, try making a sensory bin using a Thanksgiving harvest theme. You can add a mixture of the following ingredients:

    • unpopped popcorn
    • red quinoa
    • brown rice
    • orange lentils
    • wild rice
    • flax seeds


Written by Katherine Sturdy — November 21, 2016

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