These Thanksgiving games are perfect for the Thanksgiving downtime. They’re great for kids, great for adults, and even better for families to all play together. And nobody said they can only be Thanksgiving party games, try them at a Friendsgiving or fall feast if that works better for you!
Ever since we’ve been married, we switch off holidays with my family and my in-laws. And every time it’s my in-laws turn for Thanksgiving, we seem to have a huge get together with food, fun, and lots of family. I decided party games aren’t just for Christmas, they’re perfect for that time before the Thanksgiving feast is ready or even the day after once your stomachs are all rested from eating so much food.
All of these games are Minute to Win It style games and depending on the number of guests you have, there are three different ways you can play them. You choose. No matter which way you choose, I guarantee they’ll still be fun. And they’re all made to be family-friendly. We played with adults, college students, and even my 3-year-old!
- Style #1: Man vs. Clock – In this version, one player will be trying to beat the clock for each game. So for instance, they will have to try and complete the task within a minute (hence the Minute to Win It). If they do, they win a prize. If not, let someone else have a shot. If you go with this style, I recommend choosing a different person for each game.
- Style #2: Head to Head – In this style, you’ll pick two players for each game who will going head to head against each other playing a game rather than trying to beat the clock. So two people will be competing against each other at the same time. The first person to finish wins the prize. Again, rotate through pairs for each game, repeating players as necessary.
- Style #3: Team Competition – In this style, you’ll split your group into two (or 3 or 10 depending on the number of guests) teams. For each game, teams must choose one player to compete head to head in the game with the other teams. Each team will be competing at the same time and the first person to finish will receive 10 points for their team, the second team will receive 5, etc. This works best if you have quite a few people and is a good way to get everyone involved.
Supplies Needed for Thanksgiving Games
- small corks
- fake flowers
- plastic straws
- plastic goblets
- orange ping pong balls
- fake turkey feather
- plastic or fake food
- Thanksgiving cup
- Thanksgiving paper plates
- Thanksgiving treats
- tissue box
- craft feathers
- pair of pantyhose
- large styrofoam balls
- large feathers that have the long pointy tips
- gummy letters
- pie tins
- raw yam
- painter’s tape
- paper footballs or these mini footballs
- fake cornucopia
- Indian corns
- fish bowl
- stuffed turkey
- colored ping pong balls
Fun Thanksgiving Games
Thanksgiving Games: The Mayflower
Fill one of those big long under the bed storage containers with water. Give everyone a small cork with a fake flower stuck into it and have them put in on one end of the storage container. To win, player must be the first one to get their cork from one end of the storage container to the other, by only blowing on it. They can either blow on it alone or through a plastic straw. First cork “boat” to touch the other end wins.
Thanksgiving Games: The Goblet Gobble
Purchase glass or plastic goblets like these ones and place one per team/player on a table on a far side of the room. On the other side of the room, place orange ping pong balls. To play, players must transfer three ping pong balls from the table to their goblet on the opposite side of the room. The catch? They can only touch (and hold) the ping pong ball between their chin and their neck.
Thanksgiving Games: Feather Float
Give each player a fake feather like these ones. To play, players must blow the feather in the air and keep it floating in the air as long as possible. If you’re playing individual style games, they must keep it up for a minute. If you’re playing team or head to head, whoever keeps it up longest.
Thanksgiving Games: Don’t Leave Any Leftovers
Place a piece of plastic or fake food (this set has some great Thanksgiving things like “turkey legs”) on top of a Thanksgiving cup that’s turned upside down, three cups and three pieces of food for each player. To win, players must knock off three pieces of food by tossing Thanksgiving paper plates like frisbees from the other side of the room.
Thanksgiving Games: Grateful for Speed
Make a gratitude game box like this one but instead of acts of gratitude, have a couple of them be filled with Thanksgiving treats and the other ones empty. If they punch an empty one, they have to say something they are grateful for. If they punch one that has a treat, they get to eat the treat and be done. Players take turns punching a circle until they’ve all found a Thanksgiving treat.
Thanksgiving Games: Shake Your Tailfeathers
Before the party, empty a tissue box for each player and replace the tissues with craft feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. To play, give each player a box tied with pantyhose and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. Players must move around and shake until all of the feathers fall out of their tissue box.
Thanksgiving Games: Turkey Toss
Buy a couple of large styrofoam balls (or use ones from home if you have them) and a bag of large feathers that have the long pointy tips on them. These feathers would work great. If you have the time, spray paint the styrofoam balls brown with this kind of spray paint (not any others, they’ll melt it! To play, players must throw the feather at the styrofoam ball and try to get them to stick into the ball to create a “turkey.” First player to get a feather to stick wins, or if that’s too easy, race to be the first person to get three feathers of different colors in.
Thanksgiving Games: Face the Pie
Before the party, put together five gummy letters that spell out a word (e.g., feast, carve, bread) for each player. Put one letter of each of those words into an empty aluminum pie tin. (This pack of 50 pie tins would be perfect.) Then fill each of those pin tins with spray whipped cream and put in the refrigerator so they don’t melt. To play, players must race to eat through their pies to find the letters inside. Once they find the letters inside, they must unscramble them to create the Thanksgiving themed word you came up with. And throughout everything, even unscrambling, they can only use their mouth.
Thanksgiving Games: Traffic Yam
Give each player a raw yam (sweet potato) and have them put it on the ground on one side of the room. Players must race to get their yam from one side of the room to cross a line (taped down with painter’s tape) on the other side of the room. Players can only move the yam by pushing it with a spoon held in their mouth. This one is the most hilarious if you have multiple people play at the same time because the yams tend to go in crazy directions. Players can also push other people’s yams to play defense as well, just whoever gets their yam across the line first.
Thanksgiving Games: Feast or Football
Give each player paper footballs or these mini footballs and line up a bunch of large pots, pans, and casserole dishes on the other side of the room, all at varying lengths. Dishes toward the back of the room are worth 7 points, dishes in the middle are worth 3, and dishes closest to the players are worth 1 point. Players have one minute to flick (like you’re playing paper football) footballs into the dishes, scoring as many points as possible in the minute. Or have teams play simultaneously by using different colored footballs, and see who can get to 21 points first.
Thanksgiving Games: Corn to Copia
This game requires two players per team. Give one player on each team a large empty fake cornucopia and blindfold them. Have them stand on one side of the room. Have the other player stand about ten feet away and give them a bucket full of plastic or stuffed corns (we used little Indian corns like these ones). To play, the first player must hike (football style) the corn to their teammate who must catch three, blindfolded. Or if that’s too tough, catch one. Players can talk to each other to help direct their teammate.
Thanksgiving Games: Turkey Bowl
Place a fish bowl with a plastic or stuffed turkey (this guy is so cute!) in the middle of a room. Place a large bowl of colored ping pong balls (different colors in each bowl) 10 feet away from the fish bowl in the four directions (to the right, to the left, in front of, behind), so you have the fish bowl in the middle and ping pong bowls forming a circle/square around it. Players have to race to be the first to land one (or more if your teams are good) ping pong ball in the turkey bowl just by bouncing it.