Expressing Gratitude: Fun Thanksgiving Games and Activities

Thanksgiving is a time to come together with loved ones, reflect on the things we’re grateful for, and create lasting memories. While the holiday is synonymous with a delicious feast, there’s more to it than just turkey and stuffing. To make your Thanksgiving celebration extra special, consider incorporating fun games and activities that encourage gratitude and bonding among family and friends. In this blog post, we’ll explore a variety of entertaining activities that can add a new dimension to your Thanksgiving gathering.

Expressing Gratitude: Fun Thanksgiving Games and Activities

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1. Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

Start your Thanksgiving celebration with a gratitude scavenger hunt. Create a list of items or experiences related to the holiday, such as a colorful leaf, a family photo, or something you’re thankful for. Divide your family into teams or pairs, and have them search for these items or experiences. The catch? They must share why they are grateful for each item they find. It’s a wonderful way to encourage mindfulness and appreciation.

2. Thankful Jar

Set up a “Thankful Jar” on the dining table or another central location. Provide small pieces of paper and pens, and encourage everyone to write down things they are thankful for throughout the day. As the day progresses, add these notes to the jar. At dinner, take turns reading the notes aloud. It’s a heartwarming way to share your gratitude with one another.

3. Thanksgiving Bingo

Create Thanksgiving-themed bingo cards with holiday-related images or words. Play a few rounds before or after the meal, and offer small prizes for the winners. Bingo can be a fun and interactive way to engage family members of all ages.

4. Turkey Trot

Organize a family fun run or walk before the big meal. It’s a great way to get some exercise and fresh air while spending time together. Encourage participants to share what they’re thankful for as you stroll through your neighborhood or a nearby park.

5. Leaf Craft Station

Set up a craft station with leaves, markers, and other art supplies. Have each family member write something they’re thankful for on a leaf and decorate it. These personalized leaves can then be hung as decorations or used as placeholders at the dinner table.

6. Family Recipe Exchange

Ask each family member to bring their favorite Thanksgiving recipe. Throughout the day, take turns explaining the significance of the dish and why it’s a family favorite. This can lead to interesting stories and shared memories.

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7. Thanksgiving Pictionary or Charades

Turn your traditional games into Thanksgiving-themed versions. You can include words or phrases related to the holiday, and participants must either draw or act them out while others guess. Laughter and creativity abound in these lively games.

8. Gratitude Circle

Gather everyone in a circle and take turns expressing gratitude by sharing something you’re thankful for. Pass a small object, like a special candle or a decorated stone, to signify whose turn it is to speak. This simple activity can be surprisingly moving and heartfelt.

9. Thanksgiving Movie Marathon

Choose a selection of Thanksgiving-themed movies or family favorites to watch together. Provide cozy blankets and snacks for a cozy movie marathon. Encourage discussions about the themes of gratitude and togetherness in the films.

10. Family Photo Session

Capture the moments by taking family photos throughout the day. Set up a designated photo area with props and backdrops, or simply have a camera or smartphone handy to document the smiles, laughter, and togetherness.

Thanksgiving is not just about the meal; it’s about celebrating the love and appreciation you have for your family and friends. By incorporating these fun games and activities, you can make the day even more memorable and meaningful. Enjoy the time spent together and cherish the gratitude that fills your hearts as you create beautiful Thanksgiving memories.

Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

13 thoughts on “Expressing Gratitude: Fun Thanksgiving Games and Activities

  • Love these ideas for Thanksgiving Day activities but I think my favorite has to be the Thankful Jar!

  • You have a fun list here. We’ll keep them in mind! I won’t lie, I’m usually reading a book, ha.

  • I love all these great ideas. We always have a lot of kids during our Thanksgiving get togethers, so these will be great.

  • I love these kind of ideas. Activities in a thanksgiving is what I am really looking for. Because of the memories it will crate and the laughter and tears of joy that will be made.

  • Natasha Mairs - Serenity You

    Such lovely ideas. I really like the thankful jar idea and the leaf craft.

  • Lisa Lisa

    Loving these ideas, we do play family games on Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas. Like UNO and Bingo and board games.

  • Melissa Cuhsing

    These are all fu idea to ass the time on Thanksgiving and for Thanksgiving break! I am bookmarking this one to come back to as we will have a packed house!

  • Lavanda

    Games are always a nice to way to bring the family together!

  • Vidya Tiru

    love all these activities, especially the gratitude scavenger hunt.. will try something like this soon

  • These activities sound so fun! I am loving that movie marathon idea 😍. I have already a few films on my watch-list!

  • We usually watch the parade on television. I’m not sure what we are going to do this year. I wish I could go to my daughter’s house but it’s too far away.

  • Catalina

    Love the Thankful Jar idea! I will try to play it with my guests!


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