20 Thanksgiving Games That'll Keep Your Kids Entertained

While you're busy cooking the turkey!

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Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful and having to keep an eye on the kids while cooking is no easy task. So lighten your load this holiday by using these fun Thanksgiving games to distract you children. They'll make this year a breeze for you and a blast for the little ones.

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Roll-A-Turkey
$3.95

While the food is still cooking, keep the kids from getting impatient with a game of Roll-A-Turkey. Bonus: The playing pieces are edible!

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Coloring and Activity Thanksgiving Tablecloth
$17.95

Instead of one game, give your kids several to choose from — at their dinner seat. This tablecloth features tic-tac-toe, mazes, and word searches.

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Thanksgiving Bingo Game
$12.95

Everyone loves a heated round (or ten) of B-I-N-G-O! Use candy for markers, which everyone gets to gobble down at the end of game.

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Thanksgiving Crackers
$28.00

These Thanksgiving turkey poppers might not be the longest-lasting game, but we promise your kids' reaction will make it all worth it.

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Turkey Targets
$2.95

If you really want to get the party started, hang these turkey targets above the kids table.

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Current Make-A-Turkey Sticker Sheets
$5.99

Let the kids get creative this Thanksgiving as they design their own turkeys with the help of silly stickers. 

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Take the Turkey
$2.95

A Thanksgiving twist on the card game Spoons, Take the Turkey will encourage competition and keep the kids entertained. 

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Stuff the Turkey

Get the peace and quiet you want in the kitchen by setting up this adorable DIY game for the kids outside.

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What you'll need: Paper bags ($7, )

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The Gratitude Game

Have the whole family reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving in this simple activity.

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What you'll need: Chopsticks ($8, ), Acrylic paint sent ($15, )

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Thanksgiving Games Turkey Bowling with Brown Paper Cups
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Turkey Bowling

Strike! Set up these cute turkey-inspired pins and let the good times roll this Thanksgiving.

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What you'll need: Brown cups ($13, ), Wiggle eyes ($11, )

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Thanksgiving Games Pumpkin Twister
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Pumpkin Twister

Your kids will love getting themselves tangled together with this fun holiday twist on Twister.

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What you'll need: Cardstock ($17, )

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Thanksgiving Games Mad Libs
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Thanksgiving Mad Libs

Get ready for loads of laughter with this fun and wacky Thanksgiving version of Mad Libs.

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Thanksgiving Games Turkey Marionettes
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Turkey Marionettes

Even though this craft involves a little more work, it'll help occupy the children. Plus, as a post-dinner treat, your kids can put on a show for you with their new turkey puppet.

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What you'll need: Chopsticks ($8, ), Feathers ($7, ), Styrofoam balls ($8, )

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Thanksgiving Games Paper Turkey with Feathers
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Turkey Feather Hunt

Hide-and-seek just got an upgrade. Cut out two turkeys from construction paper and tape them onto two mason jars. Hide the turkey's feathers throughout the room.

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What you'll need: Feathers ($7, ), Wiggle eyes ($11, )

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Thanksgiving Games Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher
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Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher

Find a partner and take turns choosing a picture, then a number; lift the flap and read the fitting message inside ("Name one person you are thankful for"). Forgotten how to do origami? Folding instructions come printed on the template.

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Thanksgiving Games Pictionary
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Thanksgiving Pictionary

With not much more than a mason jar, popsicle sticks and a Sharpie, you can create a new T-day tradition. Write a Thanksgiving word on the bottom of each stick, which doubles as a turkey feather. Then everyone takes a turn picking a stick from the jar and drawing the word on a sketchpad or chalkboard in hopes his team guesses it.

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Thanksgiving Games Who's Got the Turkey
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Who's Got the Turkey? Game

Kids sit in a circle and pass around "tokens" you've printed. Most feature autumn leaves, but one is the highly coveted turkey token. Choose a child to sit in the middle and be "It," tasked with trying to find the turkey. A match can be as kumbaya calm or as fiercely competitive as the players want.

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Thanksgiving Games Ice Cream Cone Cornucopia Craft
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Cornucopia Craft

While you're cooking, let kids create this traditional symbol of abundance the modern way: with ice cream cones. Dip the rims in chocolate frosting, add fall-colored sprinkles, and fill with a mix of sweet treats. The cornucopias can decorate each place setting, then double as dessert.

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Thanksgiving Games Paper Turkey with Clothespin Feathers
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Turkey Feathers

The best games are the kinds that all age groups can enjoy, and this is definitely one of them. Just print out card templates, and provide some clothes pins and dice. If a player rolls a 4, for instance, a clothes pin would go on the corresponding number on the card. Whoever has clothes pins on all the numbers on the card wins.

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Thanksgiving Games Paper Turkey Leg Place Setting for Kids
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Turkey Leg Craft

Got a paper bag, white paper, and a pair of scissors? Then you can make this hilariously life-like turkey leg place-setting decoration. Alternate idea: Stuff it full of candy for the kiddos.

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