Thanksgiving Day Games for Kids
Popcorn Relay Race
Popcorn relay race will be an exciting and fun game for children. Place some bowls, filled with popcorn, at one side of the room and some empty bowls in the opposite side of the room. Divide the kids into two teams and make both the teams transport the popcorn from the filled bowls to the empty ones using a measuring cap. The team that transports all the popcorn to the empty bowls first will be declared the winner.
Arrange the kids in a circle. Make them pass the handkerchief around the circle while reciting:
Handkerchief, Handkerchief, around it goes,
Where you’ll stop, nobody knows.
But when you do, someone must say,
What they are thankful for this day.
When the poem ends, the player holding the handkerchief will have to say aloud the one thing for which he/ she is thankful to the Almighty. The game will continue until everyone gets a turn to thank God. It’s a great game to make children realize the importance of God in their lives, even as they have some fun.
Pumpkin race is a traditional county fair game and you will need plenty of space to play it. Get some large pumpkins and some sturdy sticks. Make the kids line up on the starting line, like racers and turn the pumpkins on their sides. Give the racers the signal to start and let them use the sticks to roll the pumpkins to the finishing line. The one who reaches the finishing line at the earliest is the winner. You can also make it a relay race, if you want to divide the kids into teams.
Stool ball is an old outdoor game, which makes use of a light weight three-legged stool, a soccer ball and a sturdy stick. Keep the stool in the middle of the open area and make one kid defend the stool, using a stick. The other kids will stand behind a line, at a distance of 10-15 feet from the stool. Each player will get a chance to knock over the stool, by throwing the soccer ball at it. The defender of the stool will have to use the stick to bat the ball away.