Ring the Pumpkin
Line up three large pumpkins with stems, to form a ring toss. Use embroidery hoops or make hoops with rope and duct tape. Mark a throwing line on the floor and take turns trying to ring a pumpkin stem. Smaller children can attempt to ring an entire large pumpkin with a hula-hoop.
Players sit in a circle. The first player starts by saying, "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey". The next player must repeat, "At Thanksgiving dinner I like to eat turkey..." and add another dish. This continues all the way around the circle with each person reciting the dishes in the exact order they have been given and then adding a new one. If a player makes a mistake they slide out of the circle and the game continues. The person left who can perfectly recite the Thanksgiving menu wins.
Players sit on chairs forming a circle. (or you can use drawings of pumpkins if you short on chairs for everyone) There should be one more player than there are chairs. The player without a chair is the leader. The leader points to each of the other players to give them a name, such as Cranberry, Corn, Apple, Turkey, anything related to Thanksgiving. After names are chosen, the leader calls out two names, "Turkey and potato". Those two players must quickly switch places. The leader keeps calling at a quick pace, until suddenly he or she says "The cornucopia has tipped over!" Everyone, including the leader, then scrambles for a new place. The player without a seat is the new leader. The leader may give the same name to more than one person. It can get confusing but it is also very fun!
Pair up the kids, give each team a cup full of popcorn and have them fill with the popcorn pumpkin or any bucket/ pot. The first team to finish wins. This can also be done with cranberries.
Giant Thanksgiving Memory
MAKE THE PUMPKIN MEMORY GAME
You will need - orange paper plates, black and brown construction paper, tape, scissors
Cut: (Either you or your child, depending on age and ability and interest!) Using the black paper, cut out shapes for the pumpkin faces. You need to make sure that every pumpkin face you make has a matching pumpkin face. Make sure to make 2 copies of each shape (or 4 for the eye shapes).U sing brown (or green) paper, cut out a stem for each pumpkin. We did 12 pumpkins – how many you make depends on how challenging you want the game to be.
If you do not have any materials to use You can play this game like this:
Gather some fall, harvest or Thanksgiving items and put them on a cookie sheet. Small items are best and using a theme is fun too. Maybe a mini pumpkin, a cranberry, colored cornhusk, pie server, TV remote (to symbolize the Football or Parade that you watch on TV each year) and even a feather are just a few options. Cover the cookie sheet with a dishtowel and put it aside. Give each person a pencil and paper. Set the timer for half a minute or a minute (depending on level of difficulty you want). Uncover the items and let everyone look at them for a minute but they can't write anything down. After the timer goes off cover up the cookie sheet again. Set the timer for 3 or 5 minutes. Everyone is supposed to write down what they saw. The person who remembers the most items if the winner.
Pass the Corn
Divide guests into two teams and have them form two lines. You will need two cobs of dried Indian corn. At the signal "go", the corncob is to be passed from person to person. The catch is that they can use any part of their bodies, except their hands. If the corn touches the ground at any time, it must go back to the beginning of the line again. Whichever team manages to get the corn to the end of the line first wins the game.
And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!