Ok, so I couldn’t resist fitting in another Turkey activity before Thursday rolls around. And I was itching to put together some new play dough printables since we left all of ours behind in the moving that we’ve done the last few months. Well, my laminator and I have been reunited  after a long separation, so I put together a fun play dough printable for Thanksgiving and we had some fun making play dough turkeys while we were at it!

– Life Over C's thanksgiving pretend play set for play dough and sensory bin printable

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Materials for the Thanksgiving Play Dough Pretend Play Set

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Scissors
  • Play Dough

We went up to visit some friends and cousins yesterday for some pre-Thanksgiving fun on the last beautiful day before the rain and snow moves in. Even though it was absolutely beautiful outside, I knew that the kids would need a break after running around at the park and in the yard.

Plus, us adults wanted some time to actually hold a conversation even despite 10 kids in house.

So I took our newest Thanksgiving play dough printable and some fun loose parts along with some freshly made play dough to give the kids a little down time.

We started off exploring the play dough. The kids LOVED the cocoa play dough (recipe below) and were very excited about the chocolate smell.

I had put foam feathers, googly eyes, leaf gems and multi-colored gems in the tray with the play dough and the kids used every bit of them over and over!

– Life Over C's play dough invitation to play

The littlest ones enjoyed pressing the big gems into the play dough. I think they were in an unspoken contest to see who could get the most buried into their dough.

After a little bit of free play, I modeled how to make a turkey by rolling balls for the body and head and then a ‘snake’ for a neck. Then flattened out all the pieces and added some fun decorations. You can see my professional *cough, cough,* turkey in the first picture. (He had a big gem for a beak, but I think one of little kids stole it just as I was trying to take the picture…)

One of the cousins only wanted to make pizza, so we tried to convince him that the turkey head and body were shaped like a pizza, but he wasn’t having any of that!

Here’s a turkey that one of the older girls made. I love his smile!!

– Life Over C's child's play dough turkey

After burying the gems in the play dough a few dozen times the little ones got restless and ran off to play while the older girls decided to play with the Thanksgiving food set that I had made.

Then it was back outside to the beautiful weather!

I hope your little ones will enjoy this play dough printable as much as our kids did!

Recipe for Cocoa Play Dough:

Ingredients for Cocoa Play Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon glycerin (can be found in the cake decorating section of a grocery store or craft store, but you can get it cheaper here on Amazon.)

Mix everything together until it looks like a smooth batter. It will look VERY wet. Let it sit in the bowl for 5-10 minutes. Then, knead the dough until it reaches the perfect play dough consistency.

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– Life Over C's thanksgiving pretend play set for play dough and sensory bin printable
– Life Over C's thanksgiving pretend play set for play dough and sensory bin printable
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. This smells amazing! I’m sure most of my preschool kiddos will attempt to eat it! haha! one comment to note, i added about an entire extra cup of flour to obtain “playdough” consistency. thanks for the great recipe!

  2. That makes sense. For this theme, it’s especially tricky to not use any offensive stereotypes. Thanks!

  3. Hi Kim! We are loving your play dough sets around here. I just discovered you last weekend but we’ve already had so much fun with the apple orchard set as well as the friends and the valentine one (they wanted to send letters!). I was wondering if you’ve thought of doing a set with pilgrims and Native Americans, similar to your Nativity or Easter ones. I would love a set like that for re-telling the story of the first Thanksgiving!

    Thanks and have a great week!

    1. Due to lack of quality clip art for that theme, I do not have plans to make a Pilgrim and Native American set this year. Maybe in the future if the clip art becomes available.