Thankful Turkey + Play Dough Recipe
We decided to do a little bit of a spin on your “Thankful Turkey”. We first whipped up some new play dough using the seasonal spices that are out during the holidays. I love including the girls whenever we are making play dough so they are involved in the entire process. We work on math concepts and fine motor skills as we measure, pour and mix. This recipe is sure to help add to your sensory experience with the yummy smells and texture.
Nutmeg and Cloves Play Dough Recipe:
1/2 tsp Gingerbread Spice
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
2 T. Cloves (crushed)
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Salt
2 tsp Cream of Tarter
1 T. Oil
Crush whole cloves using a motar and pestle or food chopper until desired consistency. I left some chunks of our cloves in our play dough for an added texture. Then mix all of the ingredients together. Heat over medium heat stirring constantly until ball forms (note: the play dough will need to be the desired consistency BEFORE removing from heat). Remove from heat. Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container or wrap.
With the smell of the cloves, it reminds me of Christmas, so I might add green and red food coloring to it next month and pull out our Christmas cookie cutters, for additional play! This cookie cutter set is our all time favorite that we use for play dough! It has different holidays, themes, letters and numbers and the price can’t be beat! We are constantly pulling it out in our play!
We colored our Turkey heads by using some wooden clothespins I had laying around the house. The girls loved decorating them and drawing their own faces. I bought these feathers from our local grocery store and we decided to put a little spin on our “Thankful Turkeys” by hiding the feathers around the house and playing hide and seek! We discussed that being “Thankful” means being grateful or happy for something. When the girls found a feather they would say something they were thankful for. This is a great way to help younger children learn new vocabulary and participate in the thankful turkeys in a verbal way since they are too young to write down what they are thankful for. My 3 year old would find a feather and say, “I’m Thank-you for… my bed, my mom and dad, for sleep, for Jesus. It was the sweetest thing and she loved hunting for the feathers. My 2 year old also hunted for the feathers and would usually repeat some of her sisters answers. However, we extended the activity for her by discussing the different colors of the feathers. Once they found all of the feathers, we went back to the table to create our Thankful Turkeys.
My 3 year old loved creating her silly turkey and insisted on adding some toothpicks for legs. She made a couple different turkeys and then asked us to pull out our cookie cutters (linked above) to spell the words “Dinosaur Oatmeal” with her play dough (she loves that stuff haha).
Meanwhile, my 2 year old loved playing with the feathers and sticking them in the play dough and pulling them out! She would stick every single one in and then pull each one out individually, and repeat the process over and over again. With the added letter cookie cutters, the entire process of this activity helped us work on math skills, fine motor skills, vocabulary, language skills, colors, letters and spelling all while having an enjoyable sensory experience! We loved this activity and we think you will too! I’m thankful for my little family and for the experiences we get to have together every day.