20 Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving


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20 Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving

20 Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving

Of course, the food is the main event on Thanksgiving, but when your extended crew gets together for the holiday you’re going to want to find some fun things to together to pass the hours until it’s time to carve the turkey and pass the pumpkin pie. When the shops aren’t open and there’s nowhere to go, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC or hosting a friendly game of touch football are classic Thanksgiving Day activities. But if you’re looking to start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, we’ve compiled a list of special things to do on Turkey Day that the whole family will love. Adults, preschoolers, and high school students alike will love these Thanksgiving games and activities that can be enjoyed before or after Thanksgiving dinner. Because on occasions when there is built-in entertainment, the laughs seem louder and the memories more plentiful. But even if your family isn’t into elaborate themes, there’s something fun to do on this list that will make Thanksgiving 2021 the most fun one yet.

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Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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Thanksgiving Trivia

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Inspire some friendly competition by putting your family’s knowledge of Thanksgiving trivia to to the test. Come up with your own questions and answers, or download pre-made trivia cards from Etsy.

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Thanksgiving Movie Marathon

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Harvest Bowling

Head to the local hardware or gardening store for enough hay bales to create your own personal driveway or backyard bowling lane. Don’t forget to buy some bowling pins, too!

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Gratitude A to Z

A twist on giving thanks that you can use to keep the conversation at dinner going: The first person must say something they are grateful for that begins with the letter A, the next gets B, and so on.

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Who’s the Baby?

Go digging in your family photo albums or ask guests to email you a photo of themselves as babies beforehand. Attach them to a board with numbers and then have everyone write down their guesses for each.

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Ugly Thanksgiving Sweater Contest

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Hilariously-awful clothing is not just for Christmas anymore.  Just give everyone enough notice to make their own turkey-themed top or to buy one.

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Pokeno

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This game of chance mashes up Bingo with Poker. If you’re a gambling family, you can up the stakes by playing for change. 

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Turkey Talents Scavenger Hunt

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Have the kids go around and film family members performing the talents on this one-dollar printable — from wiggling their ears to singing and acting out one verse of the Hokey Pokey — then play the video talent show during dessert. 

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Craziest Thanksgiving Socks Contest

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Believe me, Turkey Day socks are a thing — and there are tons of adorable ones on Amazon alone. 

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Dirty Turkey

If the whole crew won’t be together for Christmas, why not get a little gift giving — and stealing — in early? This version of Dirty Santa has the same basic rules: Everyone puts a $20 gift that’s been wrapped but has no tag into a pile. Pull numbers from a hat to determine what order everyone will choose a present. If anybody who has chosen before you gets a gift that you want — steal it! The present that always gets stolen when my family plays Dirty Santa? A batch of scratch lottery tickets.

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Puzzle Race

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Putting together a jigsaw puzzle as a family is always a nice way to pass the time. If that’s something you already do, take it up a notch this year by buying a few of the same puzzle (choose one that seems like it will be quick but not super easy). Separate everyone into teams and whoever finishes first gets bragging rights. 

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Thanksgiving Corn Hole

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Just because it’s too chilly for backyard barbecues doesn’t mean you should have to give up everyone’s new favorite backyard barbecue game. 

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Thanksgiving Taboo Cards

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Update the charades-like game by adding these downloadable Thanksgiving-themed cards to your stack of subject cards. And if you have never played Taboo (where have you been?!) you can buy the game here. 

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Mini Pumpkin Hunt

On Easter, coming up with genius places to hide the eggs before the hunt is as fun for adults as finding the eggs is for kids. Same deal here, just using mini pumpkins instead of plastic eggs.

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