28 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids and Adults

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28 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids and Adults


Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year and not just because it provides an opportunity to indulge in some of our favorite foods like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie—although you won’t hear us complaining about that.

Food aside, it’s also a special time for many of us to reconnect with friends and family we haven’t seen in months, sometimes years.

That said, you don’t want to waste a minute of that precious time when you could be making memories with your loved ones. Whether it’s a movie marathon or backyard football game, there are so many fun Thanksgiving activities your whole crew will enjoy. To help shorten your Thanksgiving to-do list (and, trust us, we know there’s a lot to do), we’ve compiled tons of Thanksgiving games to add some festive fun to your day.

Here’s a little something for everyone. Thanksgiving trivia is always a hit with the crowd, especially since you can customize it for kids or adults. There’s also bingo, pin-the-tail-on-the-turkey and Thanksgiving Family Feud, which will promote competitive spirit.

Play a game before digging into dinner or save it for after dessert. Either way, you’re sure to have fun and, who knows, maybe even start a new Thanksgiving tradition for years to come.

Thanksgiving Scattergories

Thanksgiving Games (The Crafting Chicks)

This free printable is a riff on the popular word game Scattergories, but with a Thanksgiving twist. Set the timer and see who can come up with Thanksgiving themed words the fastest.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.

Play dough turkeys

thanksgiving games (The Littles & Me)

thanksgiving games (The Littles & Me)

Keep little hands busy while the real turkey cooks in the oven. When done, these little turkeys make a fun party favor to take home.

Get the tutorial at The Littles & Me.

M&M turkey

Kindergarten Approved

Kindergarten Approved

It doesn’t get much easier than this printable turkey that kids (and adults) can color and then decorate with M&M candies. It’s a treat and activity all in one.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Leaf pile candy hunt

Thanksgiving Games (Kid Friendly Things to Do)

Thanksgiving Games (Kid Friendly Things to Do)

It’s as simple as it sounds: Make a pile of leaves, tuck some treats inside, and send everyone outside for a scavenger hunt.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Color-your-own tablecloth

thanksgiving games (The Littles & Me)

thanksgiving games (The Littles & Me)

Make the children’s table the most popular place to sit this Thanksgiving by swapping the traditional tablecloth for a roll of white paper and some crayons. They will love spending the time coloring and designing their just-for-them table.

Get the tutorial at The Littles & Me.

Thanksgiving Cat Catchers

thanksgiving games (The Crafting Chicks)

thanksgiving games (The Crafting Chicks)

Talk about a blast from the past: This printable cookie catcher is filled with Thanksgiving jokes, guaranteed to have young and old laughing their way through the holiday.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.

Thanksgiving Pictionary

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

Take everyone’s favorite drawing game to the next level by playing the Thanksgiving version. As expected, you’ll draw and guess holiday staples, everything from sweet potatoes to Pilgrims.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Thanksgiving charades

The Dating Divas

The Dating Divas

Everyone’s favorite parlor game is getting a Thanksgiving makeover. Keep the crowd guessing and laughing as they watch their loved ones try to play out whatever is on their cards.

Get the tutorial at The Dating Divas.

KC Adventures

KC Adventures

Thanksgiving Phone Challenge Guests are probably on their smartphones, so you might as well make a game of it. The goal is to find photos on your camera roll that match the items on the list in as little time as possible.

Get the tutorial at KC Edventures.

Roll a turkey

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

It’s all up to chance in “Roll a Turkey,” a high-stakes game that requires players to roll exactly the right number on the dice to collect every piece of the turkey. The first one to complete a gobbler wins the game.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin number throw

Kindergarten Approved

Kindergarten Approved

This game is as easy as (pumpkin) pie! Attach pumpkin cutouts to a blank wall, then call out a number and have kids try to hit it with a soft pumpkin. The one who hits the target the most wins!

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Haystack bowling

Kid-friendly things to do

Kid-friendly things to do

This one’s loads of fun, even without the hay. Set up bowling pins in your backyard and let everyone try to get a strike or, at the very least, pick up the extra.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving bingo

The best ideas for kids

The best ideas for kids

Sweeten things up by using candy corn to mark the squares. Even if you don’t, this Thanksgiving themed bingo is still a ton of fun for the whole family.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Stuff the turkey

Kid-friendly things to do

Kid-friendly things to do

No one will mind stuffing the turkey this year, especially since it’s part of a game! The day before, assemble a turkey from paper bags. Then challenge everyone to sink balls of tissue paper into the faux bird.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

‘Would you rather?’

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

Would you rather eat leftovers or side dishes? See where your friends and family stand. You might just be surprised at what you discover about people you thought you knew!

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin Tap Tap Toe

Kindergarten Approved

Kindergarten Approved

Talk about functional decor: Grab the gourds off the table and use them to play a few rounds of tic-tac-toe.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Turkey bingo

The best ideas for kids

The best ideas for kids

Turkeys are the star of Thanksgiving, which means they’re their own party game. Just print out calling cards and choose your markers – something edible (M&M’s) or seasonal (pumpkin seeds or corn kernels).

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Thanksgiving dice game

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

You have two options: Roll the dice to find out who you should compliment or reflect on what you are most grateful for.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Candy corn ring toss

Kid-friendly things to do

Kid-friendly things to do

Get some fresh air after dinner by going outside for a game of candy corn toss. If you’re playing at night, place some glow-in-the-dark necklaces around each cone to light them up.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving ‘Family Feud’

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

If you like the game show, then you will love this Thanksgiving-themed version that will have the crowd vying to see who knows the most popular answers to various Thanksgiving trivia questions. “Family Feud” recording says? This one is a winner.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin stock

Kid-friendly things to do

Kid-friendly things to do

As pumpkin season is over, use any leftover gourds to play a game of pumpkin sweep. Divide the gang into two teams and see which one can get the most pumpkins into the goal. The trick: No kicking or throwing allowed.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving danger words game

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

This guessing game uses word clues to help players guess the correct Thanksgiving word on the card without guessing the “jeopardy” word. What a challenge!

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

You are devoured!

The Dating Divas

The Dating Divas

Much like the “You’ve Been Booed” game played around Halloween, “You’ve Been Gobbled” is a thoughtful way to surprise friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving. Drop a bag or basket of goodies on someone’s doorstep and then encourage them to pay it forward.

Get the tutorial at The Dating Divas.

Turkey wrap

Kid-friendly things to do

Kid-friendly things to do

Trade mummies for turkey legs this Thanksgiving. See who can successfully wrap contestants in brown burlap or streamers from head to toe in one minute or less.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Turkey Feather Hunt

Todder Approved

Todder Approved

Teach little ones color recognition in a fun and festive way. Hide the colored feathers around the house, then watch them stick them to the wall, resulting in a multicolored bird.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Gratitude sticks game

Mikado pick up sticks game isolated on white background (Nenov/Getty Images)

Mikado pick up sticks game isolated on white background (Nenov/Getty Images)

Instead of playing a traditional game of pick-up sticks, assign a task to each color. If they choose a red stick, they should share who they are most grateful for. Green sticks, on the other hand, are an opportunity to talk about their favorite Thanksgiving food. In the end, the person with the most sticks wins.

Get the tutorial at Game On Family.

Turkey hunting game

Play Party Plan

Play Party Plan

Send the crew on a turkey hunt – not the right kind, of course. Get their competitive juices flowing by offering prizes to the winners, including a get-out-of-the-dish reward.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Give like Thanksgiving

Kindergarten Approved

Kindergarten Approved

Let kids be a part of the day by giving them their own pretend Thanksgiving feast. Adults can join in by having children serve them “dinner”. Or work together to make centerpieces and other table decorations.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Thanksgiving parade scavenger hunt

KC Adventures

KC Adventures

Play a game while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Keep an eye on this list of parade must-haves — Broadway dancers, marching bands and people holding balloons — and check them off as you see them.

Get the tutorial at KC Edventures.

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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