Family Fun After Thanksgiving Dinner

Family Playing With Autumn Leaves after Thanksgiving dinner

You put so much time and effort into preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal. Then, once the meal has ended, there’s usually nothing else to look forward to. You can change that this year by incorporating fun activities to your Thanksgiving celebration. Check out these ideas to add to your post-dinner agenda.

Scavenger Hunt

Plan a post-dinner scavenger hunt this Thanksgiving.

Here’s what you’ll need: Printer paper, a printer, scissors, tape, an ink pen, prizes

Step 1: Start by printing off festive pictures with a clue typed beside each one. Each clue should be labeled with a number and the information listed on it must lead the players to the next clue. (Consider adding fun facts about Thanksgiving to your clues so that the kids can learn while they play.)

Step 2: Cut out the clue strips.

Step 3: It’s time to hide the clues! You can fold them, roll each one into a small scroll, or keep them flat and tape them to your chosen hiding places. Be sure to have everyone leave the areas that you are planning to hide your clues in so that no one gets a head start on finding them. Maybe you can plan an outdoor activity to keep them out of the house for a few minutes.

*Some good hiding places are the kitchen sink, the front door, near the bathroom sink, under the dining room table, on or inside of the refrigerator, on a window, on a mirror, under a pillow, and on the exterior of the back door.

Step 4: The hunt begins! Give the kids a “Get Started” clue that will lead them to clue #1. You can also let them know if they are HOT or COLD when looking for clues throughout the activity.

Candy Corn Relay

This is one sweet race that is full of fun!

Here’s what you’ll need: Candy corn, spoons, bowls

Directions: This game is pretty easy to play. Participants must scoop candy corn onto a spoon and race to their team’s bowl, holding the spoon with only one hand. When they reach the bowl, they must empty their spoonful of candy into the bowl. Then, it’s the next teammate’s turn to go. Set an allotted time of about 5 minutes. The team with the most candy corn in their bowl at the end wins!

I’m Thankful For…

This activity is a great opportunity to reflect and show gratitude.

Here’s what you’ll need: paper, pens, stickers and decoration

Step 1: Take a sheet of paper and list the alphabets down the page with a line drawn next to each one.

Step 2: Have the kids write down things that they are thankful for, listing things that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

EX: A – air to breathe ; B – Bed to sleep in ; C – Chocolate chip cookies that grandma bakes

Step 3: Once the list is complete, allow them to decorate their sheets with stickers, glitter, or crayons and write their names at the top of the page. This character building activity is perfect for the holiday season.


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