3 Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids with Autism

Try These Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids with Autism

As the season of gratitude approaches, The Deron School is excited to share creative and inclusive Thanksgiving crafts for kids with autism. Engaging in crafts not only provides an opportunity for self-expression but also enhances sensory experiences. It’s time to explore fun and easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts that cater to the unique needs of children with autism.

Turkey Handprint Art

Materials Needed

  • Washable paint in autumn colors
  • Paper
  • Baby wipes for quick clean-up


  • Choose paint colors reminiscent of fall—think warm oranges, browns, and yellows.
  • Help the child dip their hand in the paint and make a handprint on the paper.
  • Once dry, add googly eyes, a beak, and feathers to transform the handprint into a festive turkey.

Why It Works

The Turkey Handprint Art engages the tactile senses and aligns with the principles of sensory integration therapy, a cornerstone in supporting children with autism. This craft offers a unique avenue for fostering creativity and personal expression, qualities that hold therapeutic value and can significantly boost confidence in these children.

Thankful Tree

Materials Needed

  • Small branches
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Small containers or a vase


  • Collect small branches to create a “tree.”
  • Cut out leaves from construction paper.
  • Encourage the child to write or draw things they are thankful for on each leaf.
  • Attach the leaves to the branches, creating a “Thankful Tree.”

Why It Works:

The Thankful Tree takes center stage by nurturing gratitude and communication. Children embark on a journey of emotional development and communication skill enhancement through the simple act of drawing or writing expressions of thankfulness. This meaningful craft serves as a bridge for children to articulate their feelings and thoughts, promoting emotional well-being.

Sensory-Friendly Pumpkin Decorating

Materials Needed

  • Pumpkins (real or craft foam pumpkins)
  • Various textures (fabric, buttons, felt, etc.)
  • Glue or Velcro for attachment


  • Provide a variety of textures and materials for decorating.
  • Let the child explore the different textures and choose how to decorate their pumpkin.
  • Use glue or Velcro for attaching decorations.

Why It Works:

When meeting sensory needs, the Sensory-Friendly Pumpkin Decorating craft takes the lead. Carefully designed to cater to the unique sensory preferences of children with autism, this activity incorporates a wide variety of textures. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, the tactile stimulation derived from the different textures can have a calming effect, offering a therapeutic experience. What sets this craft apart is its emphasis on creative expression in a controlled and less messy environment, making it an inclusive and accessible activity for all kids, including those with autism.

Choose The Deron School

The Deron School offers a state-approved private school program and services tailored to your child’s needs. If you believe that your child would benefit from our wide array of resources and services, don’t hesitate to contact us with any admission inquiries.

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