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 exepert 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.
9. Pumpkin Racing
Pumpkin races are a classic autumn game for all ages. You’ll need two pumpkins and two long sticks. You can use small pumpkins as well as large ones for this game. To play, simply have the contestants push or roll the pumpkins to the finish line using the sticks. The person whose pumpkin gets there first wins! For small children, you may want to let them use their hands to push the pumpkin. A twist to this game is to perform it relay style!
10. Beast, Bird or Fish
The object of this game is simple. One person says either “Beast,” “Bird” or “Fish” and the person whose turn it is must name a creature that fits the category within ten seconds. The catch to this game is that it’s played with a group, and there can be no repeating of answers. If a contestant cannot come up with a new answer within the allotted time, they’re out of the game. The last person standing wins!
11. Pin the Feather on the Turkey
This is a Thanksgiving themed twist for the classic game Pin the Tail on the Donkey. In this variation, you’ll need a large drawing of a turkey, a feather with double sided tape on it, and a blindfold. Each player will take turns being blindfolded, spun three times, then will attempt to stick the feather on the turkey at the right location. The person who gets closest to their intended target wins the game!
12. Turkey Hunt
For this game, all you’ll need is a few players and a small toy turkey. Have the contestant leave the room, and the rest of the players hide the turkey. Then, the contestant must hunt for the turkey. The hiders gobble loudly when the contestant gets close to the turkey and softly when the contestant is far from it, rather than saying “hot” or “cold.”
There are many other Thanksgiving themed games you can think up to keep your children busy. Some ideas are Thanksgiving themed crosswords, word searches, and mazes. Use your imagination and think up holiday themed variations for classic games. Even adults can get into the fun and play some Thanksgiving themed games! By adding some fun to your holiday, you can start a tradition that the entire family will look forward to year after year!