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Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids to Keep Them Entertained

Carl Heinrichs, owner of Quagga Designs.
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Carl Heinrichs

CEO of Quagga

Thanksgiving is a time for family and togetherness, and what better way to enjoy the holiday than with some fun games for the kids? Whether you're hosting a large gathering or simply spending the day with your immediate family, these Thanksgiving games are sure to keep the little ones entertained. From classic favorites to creative new ideas, there's something for everyone. Get ready to gobble up some fun!

1) Gobble Up Fun with the Hand Turkey Guessing Game

Looking for a fun and creative activity to engage your kids? Look no further than the Hand Turkey Guessing Game! This game not only brings out the artist in your little ones but also adds an element of mystery and excitement.

Here's how it works: gather all the kids around a table and provide each of them with a piece of paper. Instruct them to trace their hand on the paper, making sure to spread their fingers wide to resemble the shape of a turkey. Once the hand tracings are complete, hand out crayons or markers and let their imaginations run wild as they transform their hand tracings into vibrant and colorful turkeys.

Now comes the fun part! Hang up all the completed hand turkeys on a wall or bulletin board, making sure not to reveal who created each one. This adds an element of mystery and anticipation to the game. The kids will be eager to see if their friends can correctly guess which turkey they created.

Once the turkeys are securely hung up, gather the kids in a circle and explain the rules of the game. Each child will take turns guessing who made each turkey, writing down their guesses on a piece of paper. The child who correctly matches the most turkeys with their creators will be crowned the winner and receive a small prize.

The Hand Turkey Guessing Game is not only a great way to encourage creativity and artistic expression but also promotes critical thinking and observation skills. As the kids study each turkey, they will look for unique details and characteristics that may give away the artist's identity.

Furthermore, this game can be easily adapted to suit different themes or occasions. For example, during Thanksgiving, you can encourage the kids to add elements like pilgrim hats or cornucopias to their hand turkeys. Or, if you're hosting a birthday party, you can have the kids create hand turkeys that reflect the birthday boy or girl's favorite hobbies or interests.

So, the next time you're looking for a simple yet entertaining game to keep everyone engaged, remember the Hand Turkey Guessing Game. It's a surefire way to spark creativity, foster friendly competition, and create lasting memories. Get ready to gobble up the fun!

2) Get in the Thanksgiving Spirit with Thanksgiving Bingo

Bingo is always a hit with kids, and Thanksgiving Bingo adds a holiday twist. Create Bingo cards with Thanksgiving-themed images or words such as turkey, pumpkin pie, and cornucopia. Hand out the cards to the players and have a designated caller pick random images or words from a hat. The first player to get a row or a full card wins. To make it more exciting, you can also give out small prizes for specific patterns or a blackout card.

3) Show Your Appreciation with the Candy Gratitude Game

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude, and the Candy Gratitude Game is a fun way to do just that. Provide each child with a small bag of colorful candies like Skittles or M&M's. Have them sit in a circle and take turns sharing something they are thankful for based on the color of the candy they pick. For example, if they choose a red candy, they might say they're thankful for their family. Not only does this game encourage gratitude but also promotes creativity and sharing.

4) Join the Turkey Hunt for Thanksgiving Fun

Get the kids moving with a Turkey Hunt. Similar to an Easter egg hunt, hide small toy turkeys or turkey cutouts throughout your home or yard. Provide each child with a basket or bag and set them loose to find as many turkeys as they can. You can also add an extra challenge by assigning different point values to the hidden turkeys based on their location or difficulty to find. The child with the most points at the end of the hunt wins a special Thanksgiving treat.

5) Make Tough Choices with Thanksgiving Would You Rather

Thanksgiving Would You Rather is a game that will spark laughter and get everyone thinking. Sit in a circle and take turns asking each other Thanksgiving-themed "would you rather" questions. For example, would you rather eat pumpkin pie for breakfast every day for a year or only be able to eat turkey at dinner for a year? The kids can explain their choices, and you can have a friendly debate about the various scenarios. It's a great way to learn more about each other's preferences while having a good time.

6) Act It Out with Thanksgiving Charades

Charades is a classic party game, and Thanksgiving Charades adds a seasonal twist. Write down Thanksgiving-themed words or phrases such as "stuffing the turkey" or "falling leaves" on small slips of paper and put them in a bowl. Divide the kids into two teams and have them take turns acting out the words or phrases without speaking while their teammates try to guess. This game encourages creativity, teamwork, and lots of hilarious moments that will surely keep everyone entertained.

7) Test Your Skills in Don't Drop the Candy Corn

If you're looking for a game that requires a steady hand, Don't Drop the Candy Corn is the perfect choice. Gather a handful of candy corns and provide each child with a large spoon. The goal is to see who can carry the most candy corns from one location to another without dropping any. You can set up an obstacle course or make it a relay race to add some extra excitement. This game not only challenges their motor skills but also adds a sweet treat to the mix.

8) Pin the Tail on the Turkey: A Classic Thanksgiving Game

Pin the Tail on the Turkey is a Thanksgiving twist on the classic party game Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Hang a large picture of a turkey on the wall and blindfold each child one at a time. Spin them around a few times and have them try to pin a tail on the turkey. The child with the closest placement to where the tail should be wins. You can create tails out of construction paper or use pre-made turkey tails. It's a game that combines fun with a touch of holiday tradition.

9) Challenge Your Memory with the Thanksgiving Memory Game

The Thanksgiving Memory Game is a great way to test your child's memory skills in a festive way. Create pairs of Thanksgiving-themed cards by drawing or printing out pictures such as turkeys, pumpkins, and cornucopias. Lay the cards face-down in a grid and take turns flipping over two cards at a time to find a match. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins. This game not only challenges memory but also promotes concentration and cognitive skills.

10) Strike a Strike with Turkey Bowling

Bowling is always a hit with kids, and Turkey Bowling puts a Thanksgiving spin on the game. Set up a "bowling alley" in your hallway or driveway using empty water bottles decorated to look like turkeys. You can use a small pumpkin or a stuffed turkey as the bowling ball. Line up the "pins" and take turns rolling the ball to knock down as many turkeys as possible. You can keep score or just have fun knocking down the turkeys. It's a game that combines hand-eye coordination with holiday-themed fun.

11) Test Your Knowledge with Thanksgiving Trivia

Thanksgiving Trivia is a game that will challenge the kids' knowledge of Thanksgiving facts. Create a list of questions about Thanksgiving history, traditions, and fun facts. Divide the kids into teams or play individually and see who can answer the most questions correctly. You can also make it a multiple-choice format to make it more accessible for younger players. This game not only educates but also sparks interesting discussions and encourages learning.

12) Pass the Candy Corn: A Sweet Thanksgiving Game

Pass the Candy Corn is a game that combines teamwork and a touch of competition. Have the kids sit in a circle and give one child a candy corn or a small object. Play music and have them pass the candy corn around the circle. When the music stops, the child holding the candy corn is out. Continue playing until there's one player left, who is the winner. To make it more challenging, you can introduce additional rules like passing the candy corn with their elbows or while hopping on one foot. It's a game that will keep the kids engaged and active.

13) Dare or Dare: Thanksgiving Edition

Add some excitement to your Thanksgiving gathering with Dare or Dare: Thanksgiving Edition. Similar to Truth or Dare, each player takes turns choosing between completing a Thanksgiving-themed dare or answering a truth question about the holiday. Dares can include things like gobbling like a turkey or balancing a pumpkin on their head. Truth questions can range from sharing their favorite Thanksgiving memory to what they are most thankful for. It's a game that adds a fun and interactive element to the celebration.

14) Try Your Luck with the Thanksgiving Lottery

The Thanksgiving Lottery is a game that combines the excitement of a lottery with Thanksgiving-themed prizes. Create small lottery tickets with various prizes written on them, such as "Extra Dessert" or "Skip Chores for a Day". Each child can purchase a ticket or earn tickets throughout the day by completing small tasks or winning other games. At the end of the day, draw the winning tickets and award the corresponding prizes. It's a game that adds an element of surprise and anticipation to Thanksgiving festivities.

15) Fill in the Fun with Thanksgiving Mad Libs

Thanksgiving Mad Libs is a game that will have your kids laughing out loud. Print out or create your own Thanksgiving Mad Libs stories and have the kids fill in the blanks with random nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Once all the blanks are filled, read the story out loud, and enjoy the absurd and hilarious results. It's a game that encourages creativity, grammar skills, and lots of laughter.

As you can see, there are plenty of fun Thanksgiving games for kids to keep them entertained during the holiday. Whether it's the traditional Pin the Tail on the Turkey or the creative Candy Gratitude Game, these games will bring joy and laughter to your Thanksgiving celebration. So gather the little ones, set aside some time for games, and create lasting memories that they'll cherish for years to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Carl Heinrichs

CEO of Quagga
Carl Heinrichs is the Founder of Quagga, Canada's most innovative furniture design solutions that are easy to assemble and playfully made.

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