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28 fun Thanksgiving games to keep kids and adults entertained

Find free printables, easy icebreaker ideas and party games to play while you wait to feast.

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year and not just because it provides an opportunity to indulge in some of our favorite foods like turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie — although you won't hear us complaining about that one bit.

Food aside, it's also a special time for many of us to reconnect with friends and family members we haven't seen in months, sometimes years.

That said, you don't want to waste a minute of that precious time when you could be making memories with your loved ones. Whether it's a movie marathon or backyard football game, there are so many fun Thanksgiving activities that your whole crew will enjoy. To help shorten your Thanksgiving to-do list (and, trust us, we know there's plenty to do), we've pulled together tons of Thanksgiving games to add some festive fun to your day.

There's a little something for everyone here. Thanksgiving trivia is always a hit with the crowd, especially since you can tailor to kids or adults. There's also bingo, pin-the-tail-on-the-turkey and Thanksgiving Family Feud, which will foster some competitive spirit.

Play a game before you dig into dinner or save it for after dessert. Either way, you're sure to have fun and, who knows, maybe even start a new Thanksgiving tradition for years to come.

Thanksgiving Scattergories

Thanksgiving Games
The Crafting Chicks

This free printable is a riff off the popular word game Scattergories, but with a Thanksgiving twist. Set the timer and see who can come up with Thanksgiving-themed words fastest.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.

Play dough turkeys

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The Littles & Me

Keep little hands busy while the real turkey cooks in the oven. When finished, these little turkeys are a fun party favor to take home.

Get the tutorial at The Littles & Me.

M&M turkey

Toddler Approved

It doesn't get much easier than this printable turkey that kids (and adults) can color, then decorate with M&M candies. It's a treat and activity all in one.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Leaf pile candy hunt

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Kid Friendly Things To Do

It's as straightforward as it sounds: Rake up a pile of leaves, hide some treats inside and send everyone outdoors for a scavenger hunt.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Color-your-own tablecloth

thanksgiving games
The Littles & Me

Make the kids table the most popular place to sit this Thanksgiving by trading out the traditional tablecloth for a roll of white paper and some crayons. They'll love passing the time coloring and designing their just-for-them table.

Get the tutorial at The Littles & Me.

Thanksgiving cootie catchers

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The Crafting Chicks

Talk about a blast from the past: This printable cootie catcher is filled with Thanksgiving jokes, ensuring that young and old will laugh their way through the holiday.

Get the tutorial at The Crafting Chicks.

Thanksgiving Pictionary

Play Party Plan

Take everyone's favorite drawing game to the next level by playing the Thanksgiving version. As expected, you'll be drawing and guessing holiday staples, everything from sweet potatoes to Pilgrims.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Thanksgiving charades


The Dating Divas

Everyone's favorite parlor game gets a Thanksgiving makeover. Keep the crowd guessing and laughing as they watch their loved ones try to act out whatever's on their card.

Get the tutorial at The Dating Divas.

KC Edventures

Thanksgiving phone challengeGuests are probably on their smartphone, so you might as well make a game out of it. The object is to find photos on your camera roll that match the items on the list in as short amount of time as possible.

Get the tutorial at KC Edventures.

Roll a turkey

Play Party Plan

It's all up to chance in "Roll a Turkey," a high-stakes game that requires players to roll exactly the right number on the dice to collect each piece of the turkey. The first one to complete a gobbler wins the game.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin number toss

Toddler Approved

This game is as easy as (pumpkin) pie! Attach pumpkin cut-outs to a blank wall, then call out a number and have kids attempt to hit it with a plush pumpkin. The one who hits the target most often wins!

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Haystack bowling

Kid Friendly Things To Do

This one's bales of fun, even without the hay. Set up bowling pins in your backyard and have everyone attempt to get a strike or, at the very least, pick up the spare.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving bingo

The Best Ideas for Kids

Sweeten things up by using candy corn to mark the squares. Even if you don't, this Thanksgiving-themed bingo is still a ton of fun for the whole family.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Stuff the turkey

Kid Friendly Things To Do

No one will mind stuffing the turkey this year, especially since it's part of a game! The day before, assemble a turkey out of paper bags. Then challenge everyone to sink balls of tissue paper in the faux bird.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things to Do.

'Would you rather?'

Play Party Plan

Would you rather eat leftovers or do dishes? See where your friends and families stand. You just might be surprised at what you discover about people you thought you knew!

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin tic-tac-toe

Toddler Approved

Talk about functional decor: Grab the gourds off the table and use them to play a few rounds of tic-tac-toe.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Turkey bingo

The Best Ideas for Kids

Turkeys are the star of Thanksgiving, which means they their very own party game. Just print off calling cards and pick your markers — something edible (M&M's) or seasonal (pumpkin seeds or corn kernels).

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Thanksgiving dice game

Play Party Plan

You have two options: Roll the dice to find out who you should compliment or reflect on what you're most grateful for.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Candy corn ring toss

Kid Friendly Things To Do

Get some fresh air after dinner by heading outdoors to play a game of candy corn ring toss. If you're playing at night, place a few glow-in-dark necklaces around each cone to illuminate them.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving 'Family Feud'

Play Party Plan

If you like the game show, then you'll love this Thanksgiving-themed version that'll have the crowd battling it out to see who knows the most popular answers to various Thanksgiving trivia questions. "Family Feud" survey says? This one's a winner.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pumpkin sweep

Kid Friendly Things to Do

As pumpkin season wraps up, use up any leftover gourds to play a game of pumpkin sweep. Divide the gang into two teams and see which one can get the most pumpkins into the goal. The trick: No kicking or throwing allowed.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Thanksgiving danger words game

Play Party Plan

This guessing game uses word clues to help players guess the correct Thanksgiving word on the card without guessing the "danger" word. What a challenge!

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

You've been gobbled!

The Dating Divas

Much like the "You've Been Booed" game played around Halloween, "You've Been Gobbled" is a thoughtful way to surprise friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving. Drop off a bag or basket of treats on someone's doorstep, then encourage them to pay it forward.

Get the tutorial at The Dating Divas.

Turkey wrap

Kid Friendly Things To Do

Trade mummies for turkey legs this Thanksgiving. See who can successfully wrap participants in brown burlap or streamers from head to toe in one minute or less.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things To Do.

Turkey feather hunt

Todder Approved

Teach little ones color recognition in a fun and festive way. Hide the colored feathers around the house, then watch as they stick them to the wall, resulting in a multi-colored bird.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Gratitude sticks game

Mikado pick-up sticks game isolated on white background
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Instead of playing a traditional game of pick-up sticks, assign a task to each color. If they pick a red stick, they have to share who they'er most thankful for. Green sticks, on the other hand, are an opportunity to gush about their favorite Thanksgiving food. In the end, the person with the most sticks wins.

Get the tutorial at Game On Family.

Turkey hunt game

Play Party Plan

Send the crew on a turkey hunt — not the real kind, of course. Get their competitive juices flowing by offering prizes, including a get-out-of-doing-the-dishes reward, to the winners.

Get the tutorial at Play Party Plan.

Pretend Thanksgiving feast

Toddler Approved

Let kids be a part of the day by giving them their own Thanksgiving feast to play pretend with. Grown-ups can join by letting kids serve them "dinner." Or work together to make centerpieces and other table decorations.

Get the tutorial at Toddler Approved.

Thanksgiving parade scavenger hunt


KC Edventures

Play a game while you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Keep an eye out for this list of parade must-haves — Broadway dancers, marching bands and people holding balloons — and check them off as you see them.

Get the tutorial at KC Edventures.