Best Thanksgiving family games to play

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is not only about eating roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. Of course, that’s everyone's’ favorite part of the holiday, but the most important thing is that it brings families together. It’s the time when we appreciate who and what we have in our lives and express how thankful we are. Once we finish delicious Thanksgiving meals, what is best to do when the family is gathered? Playing Thanksgiving games! Encourage all family members to play and have the funniest Thanksgiving evening ever! We’ll make it more exciting by giving you a list of the best Thanksgiving games you can play this year!

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Ring the pumpkin

The first game you can play for Thanksgiving is called Ring the pumpkin. Line up 3 large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss. Then, use embroidery hoops (or if you don’t have it, make hoops with rope and duct tape). Draw a throwing line on the floor and compete with other people in ringing a pumpkin stem. If you have small kids, they can attempt to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula-hoop. And if you’re looking for some Thanksgiving gift ideas, check our winter subscription box pre-order.

Musical cornucopias

Musical Cornucopias is another funny Thanksgiving game. Use a few chairs to form a circle. But make sure there is one more player than there are chairs. This game is for all ages, and kids love it a lot. The leader points to each of the other players to give them a name, such as Cranberry, Corn, Apple, Turkey, anything related to Thanksgiving. The players need to choose names, and 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 he or she says “The cornucopia has tipped over!” Then, all players including the leader, scramble for a new place. The player without a seat is the new leader. Besides, the leader may give the same name to more than one person, therefore the game gets more confusing and exciting!

Thankful alphabet game

This is the game you can play while enjoying Thanksgiving dinner. Also, it’s a great way to get everyone talking about what they’re thankful for. Each person needs to share one thing they’re thankful for. But, the catch is, it has to start with the next letter of the alphabet, starting with A. The next player’s response will start with B, and so on). Go around the table until the alphabet's been filled—yes, even X and Z. And if you’re passionate about games, tell that to our subscription gift service and get the best gadgets.

Thanksgiving memory

This one is a classic, but holiday version. And you can play it like this: first, gather some fall, harvest or Thanksgiving items and put them on a cookie sheet. We recommend using small items and choosing a theme for more fun. That could be a mini pumpkin, a cranberry, pie server, corn or TV remote. Cover the cookie sheet with a dish towel and put it aside. Give each player a pencil and paper. Then set the timer for half a minute or a minute. Uncover the items and let everyone look at them for a minute but they can’t write anything down. After the timer goes off cover up the cookie sheet again. Set the timer for 3 or 5 minutes. All players must write down what they saw. And the winner is the person who remembers the most items on the table.

Connect four

If you are passionate about games, but you’re also looking for the best Thanksgiving games, you’re going to love Connect Four! Maybe you actually heard about this game under the names: Captain's Mistress, Four Up, Plot Four, Find Four, Four in a Row, Four in a Line, Drop Four, and Gravitrips (in the Soviet Union). If you still have not heard, we will present you this game in a nutshell. This is a two-player connection game, where the players have to pick a color and then take turns and drop one colored disc from the top into a seven-column, six-row vertically suspended grid. While the pieces are falling straight down occupying the lowest available space in the column.  The aim of this game is to become the first who will form the horizontal, vertical and diagonal line of four of one's own discs. Connect Four was invented and sold first in February 1974, under the Connect Four trademark by Milton Bradley. Maybe you didn’t know, Milton Bradley designed a famous game called Switch. Cool games such as Connect four are often part of our subscription boxes. But if you want something more personalized, choose a personalized gift box.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Don’t let the name confuse you! It’s about the game, not for more eating! The rules go like this: players sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying, “At Thanksgiving dinner, I like to eat turkey”. The next player must repeat, “At Thanksgiving dinner, I like to eat turkey…” and add another dish. Each person in the circle need to continue reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake they slide out of the circle and the game continues. The winner is the person who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu. Easy!

Thanksgiving Taboo

Taboo cards are fun, and if you’ve ever played it before, you know the rules. But if you don’t, it’s simple: you have to get your team to guess the word on the card, but you can't say any of the associated words below it. This is a Thanksgiving version of taboo, but you can always mix them in with your regular cards to keep the game going longer. Thanksgiving taboo version can be downloaded. There are 54 different Taboo cards that you will print on 6 pages. You can buy it from Etsy. Once payment is verified, you will receive an email directly from Etsy with the file ready to download.

Turkey Hide & Seek

People of all ages just adore to hide & seek! This year, gather your family and neighbors to play Turkey Hide & Seek! Depending on the number of players, choose two to three to be the Pilgrims going on a turkey hunt, the rest of the players are the turkeys. The hunters should count to ten to allow the turkeys time to hide. The game is over when all turkeys are caught. But you can change the hunters and play again! And don’t forget to find unique gift ideas for Thanksgiving. To stand out from the crowd, surprise someone with a subscription box.


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