From Mad Libs with a Turkey Day twist to a cute interactive way for kids to count their blessings, we rounded up some fun Thanksgiving games for kids so you can find one perfect for everyone on your guest list, young and old.

By Christin Perry
August 27, 2020

As long as the table is full of everyone's favorite holiday foods, we're pretty sure you're guaranteed smiles this Thanksgiving. But if you want to add some extra laughs to the mix (and couldn't we all use that?) consider adding a game-day twist to the day. Whether you want a quick and easy game to help pass the time before dinner is ready or a group game that'll have everyone laughing their heads off post-feast, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving games kids of all ages will love playing throughout the day.

Thanksgiving Mad Libs

Reinvent everyone's favorite car game for turkey day when you play Thanksgiving Mad Libs. Whether you buy this printable or simply come up with your own zany fill-in-the-blank stories, there's a good chance kids of all ages will want to join in.

Guess How Many

There are so many fun ways to play this game, and it's a great way to teach school-aged kids about estimating. Fill a jar with candy corn, acorns, or any other fall-themed item then let each dinner guest write down how many they think is in the jar. The person with the closest guess is the winner—candy, dibs on the first piece of pie, or a yummy fall-scented candle make for great prizes.

Thanksgiving I Spy

I Spy is a great way for kids to pass the time while you're putting the final touches on dinner. And this fun Thanksgiving game is worth the advance planning—simply have a stack of these printable cards at the table so everyone can join the hunt for turkeys, acorns, and pumpkin pie.

Thankful Alphabet Game

Thanksgiving is, of course, all about gratitude so put a fun spin on giving thanks by going around the table listing things you're grateful for in alphabetical order. As each person adds to the list, the next person has to remember what's already been listed (in order) and add their own.

Having a Zoom holiday gathering this year? This is one of the best Thanksgiving family games to play virtually.

Thanksgiving Bean Bag Toss

Have a few super active little turkeys at home? Make your own Thanksgiving bean bag toss game to help them get out some energy. Simply take some strong cardboard, paint a Thanksgiving scene, like pumpkins or a cornucopia, then cut some holes so the kids can toss bean bags into them.

family preparing Thanksgiving dinner while children play games
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Color the Placemat

Here's another great way to pass the time until that turkey's golden brown—setting out a stack of placemats your guests can color. These days, most adults love to color as much as kids do, which makes this a perfect turkey day pastime. Snag these cute Thanksgiving placemat printables from Etsy or come up with your own.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Whether you'll be making memories in person or over Zoom this year, you can host a scavenger hunt. Gather everyone up either IRL or in a group chat, then name a household item. Everyone will race to find and bring back the requested item, and the fastest person back wins the round. We can't think of a better way to burn off some of those extra dessert calories!

Thanksgiving Pictionary

Pictionary is a game that'll have you laughing until your face hurts, which is why it's a must-do at your next gathering. If that happens to be Thanksgiving, just give this fun family game a turkey-day theme. After all, who wouldn't want to see Aunt Jane try to draw stuffing?

What's on Your Phone?

It's challenging to come up with games to play on Thanksgiving that get everyone involved. But when you come up with a Thanksgiving-themed version of What's on Your Phone, that's just what will happen. Make a fall-themed checklist and assign a point value to each item on the list. Whose photo roll garners them the most points?

Thanksgiving Family Feud

What's the most popular food to eat on Thanksgiving? We may all agree on that one, but there are lots of other topics that are sure to spark a real Family Feud. That's right, this popular game show can be one of the most fun Thanksgiving games to play if you'll be hosting a large gathering this year. Simply write out a bunch of topics beforehand, then split everyone into teams and give each team a piece of paper or a whiteboard for their answers.