After you send out your Thanksgiving Day invitations, it’s time to start planning the details. Thanksgiving dinner takes time. What are you going to do while the turkey is roasting, the cranberries are simmering, and the pies are baking? Here are 5 family friendly Thanksgiving Day activities to help you pass the time until the turkey’s done!
Thanksgiving Day Activities
1. Family Football
Who doesn’t love a fun game of football on a brisk fall afternoon? Plan a friendly scrimmage at your local park or right in your backyard if you have the room. Be sure to let the guests know so they can bring a change of clothing! If your guests range far in age, have a separate kids game so they don’t feel left out. You can modify the rules to make it work for you group. Check out this site for family football tips and ideas.
2. Hand print Turkeys
This one can be just for the kids or the whole family. What you’ll need:
- Construction paper (fall colors)
- craft feathers
- googlie eyes
- glue (kid’s craft glue, glue stick)
- Pencil for tracing
- Pens/crayons for adding turkey details
- Brown paper lunch sack (optional)
Trace your hand onto whatever color construction paper you want your turkey to be. Cut out. Glue craft feathers to “fingers” of the hand print. Glue on googlie eyes. Draw in other face details. Cut out small teardrop shape for waddle (loose neck skin on turkey). Cut out triangles for beak and feet and glue onto the body of your turkey. Viola! A hand print turkey! Gobble Gobble. Bonus idea: Glue turkey to a brown paper lunch sack and you have and instant turkey puppet!
3. Thanksgiving Day Placemats
Making placemats is easy and fun. If you want to involve everyone in this craft, ask your guests to bring a few pictures they don’t mind cutting up to use. What else you’ll need:
- Dried leaves
- pictures of family members (that you don’t mind cutting up)
- self adhering laminating sheets (you can find these at any office supply store
Start of by giving every one some scratch paper about the size of the laminating sheets. Cut out images from the magazines that have a Thanksgiving, Fall or harvest theme. Let each person piece together their design of magazine cutouts, pictures and dried leaves. Then have them arrange their items the sticky side of the laminating sheet. Once they have the design they want on one sheet, peel the backing from the other sheet and lay it sticky side down on top of the design. Now you have an instant placemat to be used for Thanksgiving dinner and a keepsake for your guests to take home.
4. Pumpkin Race
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Traditional County Fair Game.
Can be played in a yard, garage or even inside!
This is a simple race but since pumpkins are not nice smooth balls and refuse to roll in nice straight lines, you will need plenty of room!
You need two large pumpkins and two sturdy sticks. The racers line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides. On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line. Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick. If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race. This can also be played inside, using small pumpkins.
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Players sit on chairs forming a circle. There should be one more player than there are chairs. The player without a chair is the leader. The leader points to each of the other players to give them a name, such as “Cranberry, Corn, Apple, Turkey,” anything related to Thanksgiving.
After names are chosen, the leader calls out two names,
“Turkey and potato.” Those two players must quickly switch places.
The leader keeps calling at a quick pace, until suddenly she says
“The cornucopia has tipped over!” Everyone, including the leader, then scrambles for a new place. The player with out a seat is the new leader. The leader may give the same name to more than one person.
This game can be confusing at first, but it is also very fun!
Enjoy Your Celebration
Use one or all of these activities at your Thanksgiving Day celebration. Don’t forget to update your family photo while you have everyone together. Give thanks for all that you have and the great people in your life. Happy Turkey Day! We hope your family loves these Thanksgiving day activities.