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5 Thanksgiving Movement Games Your Family Will Gobble Up

These fun Thanksgiving-inspired games will help your family get up and moving after enjoying your special Thanksgiving meal.

Move the Turkey Feathers Race

Materials Needed:

  • A turkey baster or two
  • Colorful feathers (or make your own out of paper)
  • A small container or box

Instructions:

  1. Find an open space to play. On one side of the room, place the feathers on the floor, and on the other side of the room, place a small container or box to collect the feathers.
  2. Give your child the turkey baster and let him practice squeezing and releasing it (to blow a feather forward on the floor).
  3. Your child should use the turkey baster to move the feather across the floor and into the container.
  4. Set a time and see how many feathers you child can get into the container in one minute.

*If you have more than one child, you can create a race to see who gets all of their feathers into a container first.*

Turkey Bowling

Materials Needed:

  • Large brown plastic cups
  • Construction paper
  • Plastic googly eyes
  • Glue or tape
  • A bowling ball (mini pumpkin, tennis ball, or other small ball)

Instructions:

  1. Cut construction paper into feather shapes.
  2. Turn plastic cups upside down and tape or glue feathers to the back of the cup.
  3. Attach the googly eyes to the cup.
  4. Use orange construction paper and cut out a turkey beak.
  5. Tape the turkey beak below the eyes.

How to Play:

  1. Arrange turkeys in a triangle at the end of a hall or against a wall.
  2. Each player takes two tries to knock down all of the turkeys by rolling the ball.
  3. Keep track of the number of turkeys knocked down.
  4. Whoever has the highest score at the end of the round wins.
  5. Or skip scoring and enjoy knocking over the turkeys.

Thanksgiving Turkey Ring Toss

Materials Needed:

  • Paper plates
  • Feathers
  • Glue
  • Turkeys from the bowling game or 3 water bottles/similar containers
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut holes in the middle of three paper plates.
  2. Glue feathers around the edges of the paper plate.
  3. Give the feathers ample time to dry.

How to Play:

  1. Set the turkeys/water bottles/or other container on the floor.
  2. Begin tossing the feather on to the turkey.
  3. See how many rings you can get onto your turkey.

Hot Potato

Materials Needed:

  • Potato
  • Music source (Radio, Alexa, Spotify, Pandora, etc.)

How to Play:

  1. Simply turn on the music.
  2. Pass the potato to the beat of the music until the music stops.
  3. Whoever has the potato when the music stops is out.
  4. Continue until there is one person left.

Autumn Movement Cards

Materials Needed:

  • Autumn Movement Cards
  • Dice
  • Container or box

Instructions:

  1. Print the Autumn Movement Cards.
  2. Cut the Autumn Movement Cards into individual cards.
  3. Place cards in a container or box.

How to Play:

  1. Roll the dice.
  2. Draw a card from the container.
  3. Read the card and perform the action stated on the card.
  4. Perform the action the number of times indicated on the dice.
  5. Repeat until you have used all of the cards.
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