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Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Games

Spending time with family is an essential part of the THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. When you're not cooking up a delicious meal or sitting around the table, why not play games kids and adults can enjoy together?

Pie Eating Contest

Make dessert time even more fun - if that's possible! Organize a pie eating contest to get rid of all that leftover pie. Just try and give the contestants some down time between the turkey and sweets.

There is usually a lot of pie at Thanksgiving, and eating it is always enjoyable. However, you can make the dessert course of your Thanksgiving meal more interesting with a pie-eating contest.

Let participants choose his or her favorite flavor of pie.

Make sure no hands are used during the contest.

The first person finished eating the pie becomes the winner.

This Thanksgiving game could be a good way to encourage young picky eaters to try traditional holiday flavors like pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie and pecan pie.

Also, if you don't want to use a whole pie, just cut a slice for each person in the contest. The pie will last longer, and you can play over and over again!

Play Some Football

Work off that Thanksgiving turkey by adding some fun outdoor activities into the agenda.

After family and food, there is one thing most people look forward to on Thanksgiving: football. Before you settle into comfy chairs watch a game, play one of your own.

If you play before dinner, make it a friendly competition by letting the winning team have first dibs at the buffet table.

Divide into teams of kids and adults for a quick game of tag football.

If weather has you stuck indoors, play paper football instead.

Great Pumpkin Relay Race

Charlie Brown waited and waited for his great pumpkin, but you and your family can race with one in this Thanksgiving-style classic relay.

Race to the finish line with this great Thanksgiving activity idea. Bring the whole family together as you wait to see who comes in first and second place

Divide into teams of two.

Give each team a pumpkin and sturdy stick (a baseball bat or broom handle are good options.)

Turn each pumpkin on its side, and use the stick to roll the pumpkin toward the other team member.

Pass off the stick and the next person races back to the start.

The first team to make it back to the starting point - with pumpkin - wins the relay.

Traditional Thanksgiving Games

Turn classic childhood games into fun, festive Thanksgiving games. Bring children and adults of all ages together for more than just a meal.

Instead of Hot Potato, play Hot Pumpkin. Use a small pumpkin to toss around in a circle.

Instead of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, play Pin the Feather on the Turkey. Download a turkey image, cut a feather shape from paper and use tape to pin it on.

Instead of traditional Bingo, play Candy Corn Bingo. Print out game boards for family members, and use candy corn as markers.

Instead of Simon Says, play Tom (Turkey) Says. Incorporate commands such as, "Gobble like a turkey."

Instead of Pass the Parcel, play Pass the Thankerchief. Tell something you are thankful for when you get the handkerchief.

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