Every year I roast up our pumpkin seeds from the Jack-O-Lanterns. They usually go pretty quick around here. This year, though, it seemed the seeds were kind of woody. They hung around for over a week, and I was about to pitch them in the trash, when I decided to use them for simple Thanksgiving Sensory Play.
I grabbed our big round sensory tub and added the roasted pumpkin seeds. It just didn’t seem like enough at the bottom of our large tub, so I decided to add some of our rainbow rice using the fall colors of orange, green, and yellow.
Then I added a strand of colorful beads, reminiscent of the beads the settlers and Native Americans may have traded, and the turkeys from our animal collection. I knew my husband had a couple Playmobil Native American figures in his old collection, but I was surprised to find a teepee as well.
Since we didn’t have any actual pilgrim characters, I settled on a Playmobil knight, and covered his silver armor with black construction paper and made him a little hat.
I sprinkled a tiny bit of cinnamon across the seeds and added a few of our clear plastic pumpkins from our earlier fall sensory bin.
The kids could NOT wait to get their hands on it! I loved watching them recreate parts of the Thanksgiving story that we’ve talked about.
I also loved how the colored rice swirled with the pumpkin seeds, and at some point plastic dishes were involved as they dished up quite a colorful Thanksgiving feast.
This simple Thanksgiving sensory is the perfect use for some of those leftover pumpkin seeds.