Playdough Mat: Pumpkins & Thanksgiving

Playdough encourages development of hand strength, bilateral hand coordination skills (using both hands together) and tactile exploration (gathering information about different textures and objects through touch).

See the recipe for pumpkin pie playdough and print and laminate our fall playdough mat to use with the playdough.

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Playdough encourages development of hand strength, bilateral hand coordination skills (using both hands together) and tactile exploration (gathering information about different textures and objects through touch).

See the recipe for pumpkin pie playdough and print and laminate our fall playdough mat to use with the playdough.

Below are suggestions for use with different age groups:

  • 6 months-2 years: Encourage children to use their hands to explore the playdough. Demonstrate squeezing, patting, smashing, or pinching playdough.
  • 2-3 years: Help your child pinch off pieces of playdough to make “pumpkins” to put in the pumpkin patch. You can also use a rolling pin or smash playdough and use a pumpkin cookie cutter to make pumpkins.
  • 3-5 years: Children can use both hands to roll playdough into a ball to make a pumpkin and place pumpkins on the playdough mat. Use small items to make stems for the pumpkins.

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Age Range

3-6 Year Olds, Toddlers

Prep Time

10 minutes

Skills Developed

Bilateral Hand Coordination, Hand Strengthening, Motor Planning, Pinching & Grasping, Visual Motor Planning