40 Best Thanksgiving Games to Play with the Family This November

By Carly Breit and Rebekah Lowin for Good Housekeeping

After a lot of Thanksgiving menu prep work, the big day is finally here. But while you’re finishing up the turkey recipe and whipping up your famous pecan pie recipe, your kids are bound to get a little restless—which is why we put together this handy list of best Thanksgiving games to keep the kids busy.

With options ranging from handwritten Mad Libs to a simple Thanksgiving bingo and even a fun turkey bowling game, both little ones and adults will want to get in on the fun. But it’s the hostess who’ll be most pleased with our selections: Each and every one of the games we’ve rounded up here is low on mess and easy to clean up.

Still, with all the other excitement surrounding this hectic holiday, why should you take time out of the day to play a fun Thanksgiving game for kids? Well, Thanksgiving family games are an excellent way to bond with your children and encourage them to stay active. What’s more, Thanksgiving crafts for kids like “Pin the Feather on the Turkey” will keep them out of the kitchen for a bit. But most importantly, these games will give your youngest guests something to smile and laugh about as they make memories they’ll cherish for years to come. And in the end, that’s what Thanksgiving is really about.

1 Thanksgiving Bingo


Kids will love this bingo set with familiar Thanksgiving motifs like fall leaves, pie, and turkey. It works well for a large group, too, with enough cards for 24 players. 

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