Kids will love creating their own turkey in this fun roll a turkey game! All you need to do is print out the pieces, make a few cuts, and you’re ready to play! Laminate for fun for Thanksgiving for years!
Ever since my son was little and we did this roll a dinosaur game for his birthday party, he’s loved roll a XYZ games.
Like all of our other dice games, this game is super easy to setup and super easy to play. Plus, kids will love it because who doesn’t love a good dice game? If they love this one, they’ll probably also love this roll a Thanksgiving feast game!
What you’ll need for this game depends on how you’re going to use it. If you’re going to print out a copy for everyone in a classroom to play for instance, it’s going to be slightly different than if you’re just playing it with your own kids at home.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Roll a Turkey game sheet (get the printable file at the bottom of this post) – you need one copy per person
- Roll a turkey item sheets (included in the printable file) – you can either print out a copy of the items for every individual OR you can just print out enough so that there is at least one choice per person playing for each of the items (i.e., print out 2 feather pages with 2 sets of feathers on each if you have four kids playing who will need feathers)
- Six-sided die – one per person
- Scissors – either one set you use to cut out all the individual pieces before playing OR one set of kid-friendly scissors for each individual to cut out their own pieces as they play.
The first thing you need to do is decide how much prep work you personally want to do for the game.
The idea of the game is that kids will roll the die and based on what they roll, they’ll add that item to the turkey. Their overall goal is to roll a 1 through 6 at some point to finish their turkey completely.
I’ve included different setup options based on the amount of prep work below.
Most Prep Work
Print out one game set per person and cut out the individual pieces per person. Put all those pieces plus a die in a Ziploc bag. When you’re ready to play, give them one of the turkey game sheets and a prepared Ziploc bag.
This option will be your best bet for really young kids or anyone who you don’t want using scissors. This also gives them the most options for customizing their turkey.
Make it easy on yourself! No need to cut around all the little edges, just cut circles around each fo the items. Nobody is going to care, and they still look super cute on the turkey!
Medium Prep Work
If you still want some prep work but not as much, another option is to print out a turkey sheet for everyone and then just a handful of sets of the turkey items for the group to share.
You’d then cut out all of the items (but it won’t be as many since you’re going to just cut out enough for everyone in the group to choose one, not see/choose all of them). Put each different type of item in a Ziploc bag (e.g., all the feet in a bag, all the accessories in a bag).
When you’re ready to play, give everyone a roll a turkey game and a die. Then spread out the community pieces you cut out so that everyone has access to them to use. When people are playing, they’d then choose one of the items from the community pieces to add to their turkey.
One caveat to this is that while people will still be able to roll and complete their turkey, they may not get the exact piece they want to use. So for instance, if they want the pink glasses and someone else has already taken the pink glasses, they might be stuck with something else.
It’s not a big deal if they’re good at sharing but bringing it up anyway.
If you want to do the least amount of prep work possible, print out a full set of the roll a turkey game for each person playing. Don’t cut anything out (other than the turkey head…. see my note in how to play below) beforehand.
Give everyone a full roll a turkey game set, a pair of kid-friendly scissors, and a die. Then when they roll something, they can use the scissors and cut out the piece they want. Less cutting for everyone and it helps with motor skills for kids with cutting practice!
This method obviously saves you time personally but it will make the game go longer (could be a good or a bad thing) and it’s not as much of a speed game as a Thanksgiving activity. That also could be what you want or not what you’re going for.
How to Play
This game is really simple to play, but there are a few things to keep in mind, so I’m going to walk you through it anyway.
When you say go, everyone should roll their die. Depending on what they roll, they would add a piece to their turkey.
For example, if they roll a 1, they would choose a set of eyes and add it to their turkey. Then they’d roll again and place another item depending on what they’d roll.
If they roll something they already have, they’d skip it and roll again until they get something they don’t have. Keep rolling until they’ve rolled all six numbers and completed their turkey.
Laminate the game and game pieces then when you’re done store it away for next year. Kids will forget all about it and love playing it every year until they’re old enough to outgrow the game.
Stop stealing dice from other board games and just buy a set of bulk dice instead if you like games like roll a unicorn. That way next time you try to play that board game, you won’t be missing the dice!
Make the feathers go behind the turkey by carefully cutting around the turkey’s neck before handing out the roll a turkey game. That way you can slide the feathers behind the turkey and place everything else on top.
Giving out fun Thanksgiving themed prizes to kids when they finish their turkey can make this even more fun!
Just make sure all the prizes are similar in nature so it doesn’t turn into a race or people getting sad because it’s a competition (unless you want to of course). We did this surprise dinosaur eggs that were perfect because no one knew what they were going to get!
If you need prize ideas, you could use any of these OR put anything in a Thanksgiving favor bag and let people choose one without knowing what’s inside.
- DIY Thanksgiving bracelets
- Make a Turkey sticker sets
- Pilgrim ducks
- Mini footballs
- Chocolate turkey treats
More Thanksgiving Games
- Thanksgiving trivia questions
- Thanksgiving matching game
- Thanksgiving would you rather
- Thanksgiving i spy
- Thanksgiving bingo
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The file will include:
- One roll a turkey game sheet
- One page of feather options
- One page with feet and wattle options
- One page with accessories
- One page with eye and beak options