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Thanksgiving games

I am really into trying to start new traditions, and thinking of family games to play on special holidays. We usually end up on a long road trip every year for thanksgiving to visit my family in Michigan. I have recently “invented” not one, but two new Thanksgiving games to try and play this holiday. If you are at a loss of a quick and fun game to play, try one of these and please leave a comment letting me know how you like it!


The first game on my list is fun as it will see how well everyone knows each other. This can be even more fun with more people and kids! First, give everyone at the dinner table a piece of paper and a pen. Everyone, including the adults, will need to write down what they are thankful for this holiday. Although the photo below shows names on the paper, that is a mistake. You will NOT write the names on the papers, each will be anonymous. 🙂 All papers will be folded up and put into a hat. Going in a circle, each person will pick out a piece of paper from the hat. The person will read aloud what the paper states, and will have to try to guess who at the table wrote down that thought. If they are incorrect, then others at the table can have a shot at guessing who said what.


I have not played the game yet, but I intend to this holiday. I imagine it can be really funny, yet really heartfelt at the same time, and, who knows, maybe it will start a new tradition for our family and yours!


Now this next activity may take a bit of prep work and might get the kids pretty messy, however, that is usually where the most fun lies. The concept is pretty similar to an easter egg hunt, but I have tried to make it a bit more fun. Go outside and rake a ton of leaves into the hugest heap known to man. If you live in the city, go to a nearby park and try to gather up a bunch of small piles. You will then hide things inside, these can be some dollar store toys, some turkey chocolates, some crafts that you have made, it could really be anything! The fun is in the search, not necessarily the find….

Leaf Hunt game

Leaf Hunt

Make sure you bring your camera, because those will probably be some crazy beautiful photos that you will catch and leave you with wonderful memories to cherish. Do you have any games that you have invented for the holidays? Comment below, I am on the prowl for some new ideas!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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  1. Zonia Hutt 12/27/2012 at 5:18 am

    Agree with HC. Frankly, my preschooler doesn’t have the mental energy for continuous “structured” activities. I know my kids, and they get way too tired with more than 3 outings a week. I thought we weren’t supposed to “over schedule” our kids…?

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