Thanksgiving Day Games Ideas For Children


There are many Thanksgiving special games which people prefer to play on the Thanksgiving Day. These are not only easy to play indoor and outdoor games but the players also derive ultimate pleasure while playing them. Although ‘Football’ is played with very much interest on the Thanksgiving Day but there are other games, which are equally interesting and sometimes even more fun filled. So chose some of such really interesting games to play with your family and kids on this Thanksgiving Day. Here are some such Thanksgiving Day games ideas for children for you…

1. Twenty Questions

This is an old traditional game. One player (the first player) says he is thinking of something related to Thanksgiving celebrations. Then the other player tries to guess what it is by asking no more than twenty questions to the first player. The first player gives answer only in ‘yes’, ‘no’, or ‘I don’t know’. The number of questions or the guesses made by other player should not exceed twenty.

2. Make Cartoons

Give a plain paper and a drawing pencil to all the players. Ask them to draw a cartoon of any of the players present there. This will be a great fun game hen the players will come with funny cartoons of one another. The sitting arrangement should be such that no one could peep into others’ drawing.

3. Tell a Name

First select a leader for this game. Everybody should sit facing the leader. The leader points to one of the players and says either bird or beast. Then the chosen player must come up with the name of an animal that fits the category. Meanwhile to give time to the chosen player to think the suitable name the leader counts to ten. No repeating of a name should be there. If the player does not respond in time, he/she is out. The game continues until only one player remains. The game would be a fun, as you would find that after a few rounds it could be hard to think of an animal that has not already been mentioned.

4. Odds or Evens

First of all collect some beans, pebbles, buttons, or marbles. Each player starts out with the same number of any one or all of these items. One player hides a few of his items in his hand. The other player must guess if the number of hidden items is odd or even. If he guesses correctly he would add those hidden items to his pile. The players take turns hiding and guessing, until one player has all the beans. This game is for two players.

5. Thanksgiving Dinner

All the players sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying, “At my Thanksgiving dinner I ate turkey.” The player sitting next to him must repeat this and add another dish to his sentence like “At my Thanksgiving dinner I ate turkey and bread stuffing.” The third player sitting just next to the second one should also repeat it and add yet another dish to the sentence like “At my Thanksgiving dinner I ate turkey, bread stuffing, and pumpkin pie.” The game continues with each player adding a new dish to the menu after first listing all the previous items in the exact order they were first said. If a player makes a mistake he drops out and the player sitting next to him has to repeat the sentence and add a new dish to it. The game continues until there is just one mnemonic expert left.

6. Find the Turkey

One player is the hunter and the others are helpers. The hunter leaves the room. The helpers hide a small toy turkey somewhere within the room. After hiding the turkey they call the hunter back to the room. The hunter returns and starts to search for the turkey. The helpers gobble to give the hunter a hint about the hiding place of the turkey. If the hunter is not close to the turkey, the helpers gobble very quietly. As the hunter gets closer to the turkey, the helpers gobble more and more loudly until the hunter succeeds in searching the turkey.

7. Find the Difference

Take two pictures that appear to be exactly same but there are certain minor differences in those pictures. You can find such pictures in any magazine for children. Then ask others if they can spot the differences in these two pictures. Set a time limit of five minutes for the players to spot the differences.

8. Personal Thanksgiving Story

Have fun on the Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family in a different way by personalizing the Thanksgiving story. Ask all the players to sit in a circle. Then ask each of them to tell a personal story or event when they thanked the God for his blessings. The player who has told the most interesting story should be awarded with a prize.