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cranberry-dough-recipe-to-develop-sensory-skillsIf you are looking for an idea on what to do with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, look no further. Involve your kids in this fun activity and watch them learn without even knowing it.

We all love Thanksgiving because it means that it is that time for a delicious meal surrounded by family and friends. All of our traditional favorites come in to play: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and more. All of our favorites make their grand debut and can crowd the dinner table. When the holidays are over and the plates are cleared we are often faced with the question of what to do with the leftover food? If you find yourself with leftover cranberry sauce, we have a great activity you can do with your kids using the leftover canned jelly.

We spoke with mother of four boys and parenting blogger at learnplayimagine.com, Allison Sonnier, for a cranberry dough recipe. This is an easy recipe that you can make with your kids using the leftover cranberry sauce and the best part is that they will be learning and not even know it. The mixture helps to develop their sensory skills. Let’s break it down.

You Will Need

  • 1½ cups of cornstarch
  • ½ can of cranberry sauce


  1. Mix the cornstarch and cranberry sauce with your hands until you have a good mixture.
  2. If it is too sticky add more cornstarch and if you find that it’s too flaky add more cranberry sauce.
  3. Let it sit for a few hours before giving it to your kids, it helps to form a better texture. If it hardens, you can add a touch of water to soften it back up.

Let the Games Begin

Once you give it to your kids encourage them to squish it between their hands to work their muscles. The texture of the dough, being firm and crumbly at the same time is a great combination for boosting their motor skills; working with their hands will give them skills to improve their handwriting. When Allison gave the mixture to her boys they rolled in it to a ball and ran their cars over the top of it. Let your kids take the lead and use their imaginations to make the best of this fun activity.

Yet another benefit to the dough is the great cranberry smell, which heightens the senses.

“The more kids work with scents, the more senses are stimulated- color, scent and smell. The stimulation of the senses makes for better learning,” Sonnier says.

When your kids are done playing with the Cranberry Dough, it washes clean away with water. The mess is minimal which makes for a happy Mom.

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