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Thanksgiving-Themed Games for Turkey Day

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Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and chances are you already have the seating assignments and menu (including the pumpkin pie) all figured out. You may even know what you’re going to do while you’re waiting for the star of the show, the turkey, to cook. But what about after dinner when everyone is full, and there’s nothing much to do? Today the Windsong Place Apartments Blog has some Thanksgiving-themed game suggestions to share with members of our apartment community here in Williamsville, NY — the perfect activity for post-dinner family and friends time.

Turkey Waddle Relay

Participants in this race must hold an inflatable turkey (or balloon) between their legs, using only their legs, and race to the designated points where they pass off the balloon to their teammates. If someone drops the balloon or pops it, their team automatically loses. Record the race and watch it later for some good laughs!

Thanksgiving Pictionary

This classic drawing party game is modified to become the perfect Thanksgiving-themed team face-off. Players take turns attempting to draw different words associated with the holiday, while their team members must try to guess the word. For more ideas and insight on how to play the game, follow the link above to the tutorial from I Dig Pinterest.

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

Remind everybody of the real reason for the season with this picture scavenger hunt where you must search for things you are grateful for and take a picture with them. Set a time limit and once everyone is back together, share your photos with each other. For a pre-made list and some suggestions follow the link to the tutorial from Let’s Get Together.

Bonus Ten Thanksgiving Trivia Questions *Trivia from Thanksgiving Trivia Questions and Answers.

1. True or False  — Thanksgiving is celebrated only in the United States.

False. Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving in October.

2. What was the name of the ship the pilgrims came over on, and who was the captain?

The Mayflower with Captain Christopher Jones.


3. The term "cornucopia" means what?

Horn of Plenty.


4. What part of the turkey is saved and snapped as a superstitious good luck custom? Wishbone.


5. What is the name of the book that Governor William Bradford wrote telling of the troubles and experiences of the pilgrims?

“Of Plymouth Plantation.”


6. Why is the male turkey often referred to as "Tom Turkey?"

After Thomas Jefferson, because Jefferson was opposed to the idea of a turkey as our national bird.


7. True or False —  Turkeys can drown if they look up in the rain.



8. True or False — The following towns with "turkey" in their names are really towns in the United States: Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Feather, New Mexico.

There is no Turkey Feather, New Mexico. All others towns are correct.


9. True or False — The pilgrims dressed in colors, not just black and white. True.

The Puritans wore black and white, but the pilgrims wore colorful clothing.


10. Of the original 102 pilgrims that came, approximately how many survived to celebrate the first Thanksgiving?



What are your plans for post Thanksgiving dinner (besides a nap or watching football)? Let us know in the comments so we can expand our options. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend.