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Did the children at the Plymouth Colony Thanksgiving feast play these games? Could be! Some of them are very old. Everyone should join and don’t forget your camera!

Turkey Strut: Strut your stuff!

Place masking tape Xís all over the floor. Start the music and let the children pretend to be turkeys and strut around the room. When the music stops, the turkeys need to be on one of the Xís. Start the music again and let the turkeys strut some more. This game is great for little ones since there’s at least one space for every player. Therefore, no one is “out.”

Thanksgiving Dinner: You need a good memory for this game.

Players sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying, “On the first Thanksgiving dinner, the Pilgrims ate turkey.” The next player must repeat this and add another type of food. The game continues with each player adding an item to the “menu.” The player who makes a mistake drops out and the game continues until there is one player left.

Cornucopia Circle: The old “Fruit Basket” game with a Thanksgiving name.

Players sit on chairs forming a circle. There should be one less chair than there are players. The player without a chair is the leader. The leader points to each of the other players and gives them a name, such as “Squash,” “Corn,” “Apple,” “Turkey,” anything related to Thanksgiving. After everyone is named, the leader calls out two of the names, “Corn and Apple.” Those two players must quickly switch pl. The leader continues calling like this (keeping up a brisk pace) until suddenly she says, “The cornucopia has tipped over!” Everyone, including the leader, then scrambles for a new place. The one who ends up without a seat is the new leader. The leader may give the same name to more than one person. This makes the switching of pl a little more confusing and a lot more exciting.

Pumpkin Roll: A silly old outdoor race.

This is a simple race, but since pumpkins are not smooth balls and refuse to roll in straight lines, you will need plenty of wandering room! If you need to play inside, use small pumpkins. You need two large pumpkins and two sturdy sticks. The racers line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides. On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line. Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick. If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race.

Candy Corn Hunt:

This game is much like hiding Easter eggs on Easter. Hide candy corn around the room. Set a 3-minute timer and let the fun begin. Whoever finds the most wins the game.

The Tom Turkey: One foxy game!

The player designated as the fox stands at one side of the yard while everyone elseó”the turkeys,” stand at the other side. Then the fox yells “Turkeys on the run!” The fox tries to tag as many turkeys as he can while the turkeys try to get across the yard. The turkeys that are caught join the fox to help catch the remainder of the turkeys. The last turkey is declared the “The Tom Turkey.”

Wobble Gobble Turkey:

Play some upbeat music. One at a time, shout out commands that the children pretend to be—big turkey, little turkey, happy turkey, scared turkey, tired turkey, sad turkey, goofy turkey, and so on.

Thanksgiving A to Z:

The first person tells everyone the things he is most thankful for that start with the letter “A,” like apples, Alaska, and aunts. The next person uses the letter “B,” and so on.

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