14 Thanksgiving Games for Kids and Families

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These Thanksgiving games for kids and families are a great way to add a little more fun to that sometimes stuffy Thanksgiving dinner.

There's a great mix of activities here; some require the kids to run around and get active, while others are great for sitting around and relaxing. And there are games that will have everyone out of breath from laughing so hard.

The children, of course, will love these Thanksgiving activities but you'll also find that they're a bit hit with the whole family. After all, there's a kid inside of all of us and the holidays are the perfect time to embrace that.

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    Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Starters

    Family Having Thanksgiving Dinner

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    Using free, printable conversation starter cards, take turns sharing your Thanksgiving memories and gratefulness. There are 20 free conversation starters here beautifully decorated that include questions like, "What would a perfect day look like for you?" and "What food are you most grateful for?"

    You can place the stack of cards on the Thanksgiving table or put them in a pretty vase or bowl.

    These printable Thanksgiving dinner conversation starters also coordinate with a set of free printables that includes water bottle labels, napkin rings, place cards, food tents, cupcake circles, cards, and a printable banner.

    Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation Starters from Second Chance to Dream

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    Turkey Tag

    Turkey Tag

    Let's Get Together

    A game of tag is almost a necessity for a Thanksgiving get-together, and these DIY turkey tag clothespins make it even more fun.

    Let the kids paint and decorate the clothespins to look like turkeys. Attach them to the back of their shirts, and they're all ready for a fun game of tag.

    Don't just let all the kids have fun either. This is a great Thanksgiving game for the whole crew.

    Turkey Tag from Let's Get Together

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    Thanksgiving Pictionary for Kids

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    Pictionary is a fun game for kids and adults of all ages, and this one is made into a Thanksgiving game by using words like "turkey," "leaf," "autumn," and "scarecrow."

    You can make this as elaborate or as simple as you want to with how you decorate the slips of paper and container holding the paper words. 

    Thanksgiving Pictionary for Kids from Purple Trail

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    Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

    Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

    Let's Get Together

    This printable Gratitude Scavenger Hunt will have the family scrambling to find something that smells amazing, that has words on it, that makes me laugh, and so on.

    This is originally meant to be a photo scavenger hunt, but it would still work wonderfully to have the guests write down their answers on the sheet.

    Gratitude Scavenger Hunt from Let's Get Together

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    Turkey Waddle

    Extended Family Running in Park

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    Turkey Waddle is a fun and silly Thanksgiving game that will get the family out and move. In this is a relay race, you use balloons between your legs and try to get to the finish line first. It's sure to generate some laughs both kids and adults will love it.

    Turkey Waddle from Party Game Ideas

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    Turkey Trivia

    Wild Turkey

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    If you have trouble getting everyone off the couch, this Thanksgiving game of turkey trivia might be just what you need to get everyone involved. It's a multiple-choice trivia game all about Thanksgiving, and it even shows you a cute option for how to attach a pencil to the trivia cards.

    Turkey Trivia from Alpha Mom

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    Turkey Feathers

    Child Rolling Dice

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    Turkey Feathers is an original Thanksgiving game from The Idea Room that is great for kids. The children take turns rolling dice and placing a "feather" on the number that they rolled. The first person to get all their feathers on their turkey is the winner.

    Turkey Feathers from The Idea Room

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    Turkey Hunt

    Turkey Hunt Sheets Laying on a Table

    Bloom Designs

    Turkey Hunt by Bloom Designs is an active Thanksgiving game that works a little bit like a scavenger hunt. Guests will race around the yard or house to find the numbered turkeys. The first one who finds all 12 of the turkeys is the winner.

    Turkey Hunt from Bloom Designs

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    Family Photographer Game

    Taking Photos at Thanksgiving

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    Kids love to take pictures, and in this Thanksgiving game, they get to be in charge of the camera. The kids will be giving clues about their relatives and then take pictures of the person who matches the clue. It's a great way to get the kids mingling, and you'll have the photos to keep forever. There are also some options to make this game even more challenging for older kids.

    Family Photographer Game from Party Game Ideas

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    Thanksgiving Bingo

    Friends Playing Bingo

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    Crazy Little Projects has designed some great Thanksgiving bingo cards that use colorful images of pilgrims, acorns, trees, pies, turkeys, and more. Included in this free printable Thanksgiving game are eight different bingo cards and matching calling cards. You can use anything as markers for the bingo game, but candy corn would be a fun addition.

    Thanksgiving Bingo from Crazy Little Projects

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    Family Reunion Game

    Family Eating Thanksgiving Dinner

    Ariel Skelley 

    This is a simple Thanksgiving game that the whole family can participate in. Have everyone write a paragraph about themselves either before they come or while they're there. Have a reader who reads everyone's paragraphs while the other guests try to guess whose each paragraph belongs to.

    Family Reunion Game from Party Game Ideas

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    Thanksgiving Jokes and Fun Facts Printables

    A mother and daughter carving a turkey in the kitchen

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    These free printable cards are a mixture of Thanksgiving jokes and fun facts about the holiday. They can be used as lunch box notes but they can also be used as a fun family activity at the Thanksgiving table.

    Scatter these across the center of the table or throw them in a bowl and let the kids take turns telling the jokes and sharing the facts.

    Thanksgiving Jokes and Fun Facts Printables from Ministering Printables

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    Thanksgiving Scattergories

    A family playing games and talking in a living room

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    How about a game of Scattergories after dinner? This one is even Thanksgiving-themed! There are 9 rounds here which is perfect for a fun but fairly quick game with the family. The free printable game includes topic cards and player sheets. You'll need to have an alphabet die and a timer.

    Thanksgiving Scattergories from Meredith Plays

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    Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks

    Female Playing With Pick up Sticks on Floor

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    Teach Beside Me has designed this free Thanksgiving game that's all about taking a few moments to find gratitude for people, places, food, and things that are all around us. You can use actual Pick-up sticks, or you can paint chopsticks or use colored straws. 

    Gratitude Pick-Up Sticks from Teach Beside Me