Thanksgiving Fun for Kids

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This can be helpful to occupy your children before or after dinner. Lots of families get together in early afternoons, adults like to sit and have a little catch up chats – of course – the guys will more than likely be glued to the TV screen….. What are the kids to do? If you don’t give them something of interest to occupy them, it is quite likely that they will become restless and asking for attention. Here are some ideas that will help here – few games you can organize ahead of time – easy directions and inexpensive materials are just a beginning!

Feed the Turkey:

Feed the Turkey Game

 

Here is what you will need:

  • large box
  • brown craft paper
  • construction paper
  • poster board
  • yellow fabric
  • beans
  • rubber bands
  • markers
  • Glue

Instructions:

  • Remove the flaps from one end of the box leaving an open space.
  • Cover the box with brown craft paper
  • Use either cardboard or Bristol board paper to create your “turkey” – you can draw the eyes and the beak and if you want, create feet and glue them under the front of the box. Or if you have children working with you, have them cut out the eyes, beak and feet from construction paper along with shapes to make the colourful tail.
  • The tail gets cut from various colours of construction paper or poster board and glued to the back of the box. Next, cut out an opening under the beak large enough to throw a bean bag in.
  • The best shape is a triangle to accent the beak or make it round. If you anticipate that most children, who will be playing the game are younger, make the opening larger to make it easier for them to throw the bean bag in.
  • Now cut out several 7″ in diameter circles from the yellow fabric. Fill center with beans. Gather edges together and wrap tightly with a rubber band.

How to Play:

  • Have the children stand back, then take turns tossing the “kernels of corn” into the turkey’s mouth. See who can get the most in!
  • Give prizes to winner – and they don’t have to be big ones – as long as the winner is rewarded. And as far as prizes go – always, always have extras on hand. There is nothing more upsetting than not having a prize for a child who deserved it!

Pumpkin Patch Game

Pumpkin Patch Game

 

Here is what you will need:

  • Small party bags filled with candies
  • Coins (you can get the chocolate ones)
  • Tags for bags
  • Music

Instructions:

  • Put numbers on each bag tags before attaching them to bags. (Keep the numbers low – the children will be “buying” the pumpkin bags with their coins)
  • Give each child a handful of coins.
  • Create a “pumpkin patch” on your floor
  • Start the music and have children walk around the pumpkin patch.
  • When the music stops, each child picks up a pumpkin bag and checks what number is on the tag. If the child has enough coins they can “buy” the pumpkin bag.
  • Continue this until children are out of coins – but tell them they can combine their coins and share the candies they “buy”. You will have fun watching them figure out how much money they need to buy out all the bags.

Spider Web Spin

Spider Web Spin Game

Spider Web Spin Game

 

Here is what you will need:

  • large sheet white paper
  • black permanent marker
  • spider cards
  • double sided tape
  • blind fold

Instructions:

  • Draw a large spider web with black marker on the white paper.
  • Draw the funny looking spider cartoon on small cards and write each child’s name on it
  • Put a piece of double sided tape on back of each card before the child starts playing
  • Use same instructions as Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
  • Blind fold child and spin them around three times.
  • Give them spider cut out and have them try to place the spider in the middle of the web.
  • The child who places their spider closes to the centre gets the prize.

Pumpkin Bowling:

Pumpkin Bowling Game

 

  • Save ten 2 liter plastic soda bottles and fill with a couple of inches of sand to weight the bottles.
  • Decorate the bottles by covering them with white plastic (kitchen garbage bags are good for that)
  • Using permanent black markers to draw funny ghost faces on them, creating your special bowling pins
  • Get enough small pumpkin gurds to use for bowling bowls. They are not perfectly round and that makes Pumpkin Bowling more fun!
  • Use blue or green painters tape to mark bowling lanes on your driveway, deck or patio if you want to play outside. Or do the same inside in a room with appropriate surface and space.
  • You can play this as an individual game or set up teams and give prizes to winners!

Think about joining the kids, creating teams, Playing for who will do the dishes…. you can have lots of fun with these few games!

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