7 Family Games to Play After Your Thanksgiving Meal


Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather — up until dinner is over, that is. When their bellies are full, the men retire to watch football, the kids scatter to empty rooms and the women are often left with kitchen duty. Avoid the after-dinner segregation and keep everyone together with these seven Thanksgiving games and activities.

Leaf Blower — Split the group into two teams. Each team needs to blow a leaf from Point A to Point B using a straw in a relay-race-style. The next player will blow it back from Point B to Point A until everyone has had a turn. The first team to finish wins.

I Was So Hungry — This memory game is a fun way to get the party laughing. Players sit at the table or in a circle. The first player starts with something like “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick for Thanksgiving.” The next person adds another item: “I was so hungry that I ate a juicy drumstick and a mound of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.” Keep repeating and adding until the whole party is stuffed.

Stuffed Turkey — Wrap a piece of candy in brown box tape. Continue to wrap the tape in a ball, adding additional pieces of candy as you go. The size of the ball will depend on how many players and how much candy you have. (This is a great way to use the rest of your Halloween candy.) To play, place the ball in the center of the table. Using a pair of dice, each player takes a turn rolling for doubles. If you get doubles, you can start unwrapping the ball to get candy for as long as it takes the next player to get doubles. The ball is then passed to that player and so on, until the ball is completely unwrapped.

Toss & Tell — Players sit in a circle. Start by tossing a small turkey stuffed animal or small football to a player and ask a question like “Who do you think will make it to the Super Bowl this year?” or “What is your favorite memory from elementary school?” This multigenerational game will be a hit!

Dress the Turkey — Select a volunteer from the family to be the turkey. Using brown crepe paper streamers, wrap the turkey until it is covered. Decorate the turkey with a yellow beak, feet, and colorful feathers made from construction paper or foam sheets. Don’t forget your camera!

Pass the Cranberries — Using a turkey baster, pick up a cranberry and bring it to a bowl on the other side of the room. The first team to pass all their cranberries from one bowl to the other is the winner.

Fill Your Plate — This is a two-part game. Use free printables of Thanksgiving meal items — drumstick, cranberries, potatoes, stuffing, corn and pie. Have the kids color and cut out their dinner items. When everything is colored, pass out a paper plate to each player. The game is a spinoff of the Cootie game, but instead of building a bug, we are filling our plate. Assign each meal item with a number and each time a player rolls the die, he gets to put that item on his plate. Whoever fills their plate first wins.

Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three. It wouldnt be Thanksgiving at her house without games. Check out her Etsy page, PamsPartyPrintables, for more party and game ideas.

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