Imagine this scene: As the delightful aromas of turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie fill your home, you wait impatiently, perhaps wiping away a bit of drool. “When is it going to be time to eat,” you ask. Maybe instead of sitting around watching TV and waiting for your fill of the Thanksgiving feast, you can get out and move! Here are some turkey day games to play before or after the big meal to burn off some of those extra calories!
Find a few pumpkins and clean out all the seeds from the inside. Place the pumpkins at different distances away from you and the other players. Give everyone a handful or bucketful full of seeds. Designate a specific toss line and everyone take turns trying to toss your seeds into the pumpkins. Give each pumpkin a different point value with the furthest ones equaling the most points. Total up everyone’s points as they toss and see who wins. This game can get pretty messy so be sure to play outside and clean up after yourself.
Who says hunts have to be reserved for Easter eggs? Take all the different kinds of gourds and pumpkins you can and have an adult hide them in the house, in the yard, or even in the neighborhood! Gather your friends and head out on a gourd hunt. See who can find the most gourds the fastest.
Photo Scavenger Hunt:
Have an adult make a list of things to find (or use the one below). Then with your smart phone or digital camera go out and take a picture of all the things on the list. After an allotted amount of time have every one come back together and compare pictures.
|Sample Scavenger Hunt Items|
|Red leaf||Yellow leaf||Pumpkin|
|Pile of leaves||Twig||Something you are thankful for|
There is no greater game in the fall than the Pumpkin Roll. Never heard of it? Then you my friend are missing out! If you live in a flat area, this game can be played in the yard but if there is a hill around I encourage you to find it because it makes the competition so much more fun. Everyone must pick their pumpkin; remember that size and shape may play a key role or should I say roll! Grab your pumpkin and set a designate start line. Then, if you have a hill, let your pumpkin roll. If you don’t have a hill nearby then you will have to encourage the roll. The pumpkin that makes it the farthest wins!