What are you doing for Thanksgiving Day? Do you go to grandma's house or do you cozy up at home? No matter what you do, or how large or small your group is there are some simple fun things you can do to make Thanksgiving day fun.
In this article I am going to share with you some old traditions and some new fun ideas that you might want to try out this year.
Oldies But Goodies
Each year our family writes with fabric markers on our Thanksgiving tablecloth. We draw pictures and write words describing what we are thankful for. But, drawing pictures is our favorite. Then we add the date of course.
For years our family has had a turkey shoot on Thanksgiving day. No, we don't own turkeys and we don't actually shoot any birds that day, but we do shoot clay pigeons and targets. The Thanksgiving group goes up into the hills to a designated target area and shoots. This year we will also shoot up all the left over pumpkins from our garden. Good compost. I know this doesn't sound like a little child activity, but we teach gun safety at out house and we have BB guns for the little ones. Everyone has ear plugs, safety glasses and a good family time. Knowing how to follow instructions and accept no answers is a must for this type of tradition.
We love starting our holidays off on Thanksgiving. So, in between the meal and the pie we make gingerbread houses. It is a fun family activity and provides entertainment for a long time.
Pie for breakfast. I don't know about you, but I am almost always too full to have the pie. So, this year we are eating pie first; for breakfast.
Our day will go like this: Pie for breakfast, turkey shoot and meal prep, games and gingerbread houses, and then pie again. Fun filled family day.
What group activity games are we playing? These are fun games for all ages.
Hula Hoop Group: In this game we all stand in a circle holding hands. Two people put their hands through a hula hoop and hold hands. Then in one minute we try to see how fast we can get the hula hoop around the whole group without anyone letting go of anyone else's hand. Such a laugh.
Pencil Pool: I got this game from my friend Sheri. So, you put an empty wide mouth jar on the kitchen floor and then from a chair or the counter you drop a new pencil on it's eraser. It will bounce. The idea is to get the pencil into the jar. When you get good at it, you can see how many pencils you can get in a single turn. So many variations are possible.
Pencil Flip: How many pencils can you catch in 60 seconds? Here are the rules. Balance one pencil on the back of your hand. Then flip your hand up and catch it before it hits the ground. Then, repeat the process balancing two, then three, then four etc. pencils on one hand and catching them. Some people can catch a dozen pencils. Wow!
Dice Stack Up: Everyone gets one Popsicle stick. On each person's turn they are given five dice. When the clock starts for 60 seconds they put the Popsicle stick in their mouth and stack the five dice in a tower on the end of the stick. To complete the task you have to balance the dice tower for a full three seconds. It sounds easy, but it really isn't. It is amazing how much a mouth moves when you think you are keeping it so still.
Flipper Ball: This is a team sport. In a team of two or more see how many times you can hit the ping pong ball with a swimming flipper before the ball goes flying. This game takes control and team communication, but it is a blast!
Here are some other fun “Minute To Win It” type games we might try this year. These games are great fun for all ages. Even if you aren't playing they are hilarious to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKbE61IaYQ4
Have fun with your family this year. In my family we are thankful for laughing. We love laughing and playing together with each other as a family. I can't wait to try out these fun games out.
No matter what you do this Thanksgiving, focus on family. Family is one of the greatest blessings we have.
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