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Don’t Fall into the Turkey Coma: Play these Fun Family Games on Thanksgiving

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

Get up off the couch on Thanksgiving! Here are some fun family games from Coolest-Holiday-Parties.com that will keep everybody moving.

Ring the Pumpkin

Line up three large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss. Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope and duct tape. Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring a pumpkin stem. Smaller children can attempt to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula-hoop.

Wild Turkey Hunt

Give each guest a paper bag. On a dozen or so index cards, draw or paste a picture of a turkey (you can also use a stuffed animal turkey or cellophane-wrapped sugar cookies in turkey shapes). To play, everyone leaves the room except the leader. The leader hides the cards around the room. Hunters return and begin the hunt. As each turkey is found, it is brought back to the leader who corrals them in a separate pile for each hunter. When all the turkeys have been found, the hunter with the most turkeys is the winner and becomes the leader for the next round. You can also use miniature pumpkins (Pumpkin Hunt) or harvest colored corn (Harvest Hunt).

Pumpkins in a line

A game also best played by teens or adults. Divide your whole group into two smaller, equal groups. Have each groups stand in a line. The first person in each line holds a mini pumpkin between their chin and chest. On the mark of “Go”, the first person in the line passes the mini pumpkin to the next person who needs to grab it between their chin and chest as well (no hands). If the pumpkin falls, it needs to go back to the beginning of the line. The first group to get the pumpkin to the end of the line by passing it on with their chin and chest, is the group that wins!

Roll the Gourd

This traditional County Fair Game can be played in a yard, garage or even inside! It's a simple race but since pumpkins are not nice smooth balls and refuse to roll in nice straight lines, you will need plenty of room! You need two large pumpkins and two sturdy sticks. The racers, line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides. On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line. Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick. If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race. This game can also be played inside, using small pumpkins. You can also use empty plastic pop bottles for bowling pins. Each player gets three chances to roll the gourd into the pins as the gourds go every which way but straight.

These are some great ideas to get you up and moving after dinner with the family or for a fun day before dinner. Family time is important to us at Fit To Be You and we wish you the best Thanksgiving ever!

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