8 Thanksgiving Party Games for All the Family to Enjoy
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and, of course, indulge in some delicious food. Aside from eating, however, there are plenty of fun activities to do, and party games are a great way to bond and spend time together. Here are eight Thanksgiving party games that everyone can enjoy.
1. Traffic Yam
This game is a fun and simple way to use up some of those extra yams that you might have lying around.
What you need: raw yams, dessert spoons, painter’s tape
How to play: Place a line of painter’s tape at one end of the room. Give each person a yam and a spoon, placing the yam on the floor and the spoon in each person’s mouth. Ask everyone to line up across the room from the taped endpoint. Each person must use the spoon in their mouth to push the yam to the other side of the room. The winner is the first to cross the finish line!
2. Face the Pie
This game is messy but a lot of fun, so it’s best to play it after everyone has eaten.
What you need: gummy letters, paper plates, spray whipped cream, timer
How to play: Set up the game by thinking of a word and spelling it out by putting one gummy letter on each paper plate and covering it with whipped cream. Mix up the plates so the word is scrambled and line them up on a table. One person steps up to the line of plates and, with their hands behind their backs, must find the gummy letters using only their mouth. Once all the letters are found, they can use their hands to rearrange the letters and find the word. The quickest person wins!
3. Ping Pong Ball Challenge
This game requires patience and skill as each ping pong ball must be moved from one end of the room to the other, only using your chin and your neck.
What you need: ping pong balls, large plastic cups
How to play: Place a line of cups at the end of a table, one per player/team. On the opposite side of the room, place ping pong balls. The aim of the game is to move three ping pong balls from one side of the room to the other, only using your chin and neck. The first player or team to successfully move three ping pong balls into their cup wins!
4. Feather Challenge
This game is great for the more competitive members of your family.
What you need: feathers (either real or fake), timer
How to play: The aim of the game is to keep your feather in the air as long as possible by blowing it. This can be an individual game or played in teams, but the person or team that keeps their feather in the air for the longest time wins.
5. Paper Plate Toss
This game requires precision and skill.
What you need: paper plates, plastic cups, pieces of fake food (or any light plastic objects)
How to play: Put the cups on a table upside down and place the plastic objects on top of the cups. Using the paper plates like Frisbees, the aim of the game is to knock off the object in as few throws as possible. The fastest player/team to knock them off is the winner.
6. Cork Wars
This game is a favorite for family members young and old.
What you need: corks, straws, different colored paints, a large plastic container, water
How to play: Paint the top of each cork with a different color and allow it to dry. Carefully fill up a large plastic container (the large kinds you put under the bed) with water. The aim of the game is for each person to blow their cork with a straw from one end of the container to the other in the quickest time. You can play this one-on-one or with 3 or 4 people at a time.
7. Shake Your Tail Feathers
This game requires some prep work, but it’s worth it for the laughs!
What you need: feathers, tissue boxes, pantyhose
How to play: Empty the tissue boxes and fill each box with feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. Give a box to each person and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. The aim of the game is to shake the feathers out the quickest – this is a hilarious game to watch!
8. The Paper Toss Challenge
This game can be as easy or as challenging as you make it, and it’s sure to bring out everyone’s competitive side.
What you need: screwed up pieces of paper made into balls, different sized pots, pans and dishes, sticky labels.
How to play: Arrange the pots, pans, and dishes of varying sizes on the other side of the room. Put the smaller containers at the back and larger ones at the front, stick labels on each container to indicate the amount of points each one is worth (e.g. large containers at the front could be 2 points, and small containers at the back could be 8 points). Each person must stand at the far side of the room and get their paper balls into the containers. Each person has a minute to reach 21 points.
In conclusion, Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy with your family and friends and be grateful for all the good things in your life. Playing party games is a great way to bond and create new memories with the ones you love. Try out these eight Thanksgiving party games for some holiday fun!