5 Thanksgiving Activities the Whole Family Will Love

November 22, 2019  - by 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to come together as family and friends and eat delicious food. But we also know that, between cooking, hosting guests, watching children, and catching up with loved ones, Thanksgiving can be a bit hectic!

As one way to reign in the chaos, we’ve provided some simple, minimal-supply Thanksgiving activities that are both fun and a great reminder of what this holiday is all about—enjoying the company of those we love and showing gratitude for what we’ve been given.


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Name That Baby

Gather old baby photos of you and your family, and ask guests to send old childhood photos as well. Print these images, and put them somewhere everyone can see, such as on a wall or spread out on a table. Put numbers next to each photo, and have people write down their guesses about who is in each numbered image. Whoever gets the most correct guesses wins!


Little boy draws while father helps him

Guess What I’m Grateful For

This Thanksgiving activity is sure to bring out some laughs! If you and your guests are a fan of Telephone or Pictionary, this game is for you. Here are the basic rules:

Person 1: Writes something she is grateful for.

Person 2: Draws an image of what person 1 wrote.

Person 3: Writes what he thinks person 2 drew, without looking at the original word.

Person 4: Draws what person 3 wrote.

This pattern continues until everyone has had a chance to either write or draw. As for supplies, you can play this game with a small notebook, writing what you are grateful for on the first page and the next person drawing it on the following page, and so on. Each person should look only at the previous page. Or, if you want to play it simple, you can fold a piece of paper, making sure to cover earlier guesses and drawings as you go along.

You can play this game at the dinner table, passing around a single notebook between bites. Or, if you want a more involved game, you can give participants a notebook or paper to start their own chain. The game ends when everyone has his or her notebook back.

At the end, you can see how far off everyone was from the original word and enjoy all the fun family drawings!


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Family Trivia

Do you know how your parents met or what your sister’s favorite hobby is? Play this fun trivia game at the dinner table to learn more about each other! The rules are simple:

  1. Give everyone a piece of paper or small whiteboard. This is what members of the group will use to write their answers on.
  2. Have participants ask a question about themselves, such as “What is my favorite color?” The others must then write down what they think the answer is.
  3. After writing down the answer to the question, they all share their answers. Each person who wrote down the correct answer gets a point.
  4. Rotate around the room so that each person gets a chance to ask a question.

Participants can either come up with their own questions, or they can check out sites such as this one with a long list of “get to know you” questions that are perfect for this game.


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Who Looks More Like Who?

Ever wondered if you look more like your dad than your mom? We have a fun and easy Thanksgiving activity that will quickly settle the debate! FamilySearch’s Compare-a-Face feature allows you to upload and compare facial features between you and your family members. You can even compare some of those baby photos from the Name That Baby activity!

Not only can you compare two uploaded images, but if you already have a FamilySearch account with uploaded family images, you can compare your face to the faces of relatives and ancestors! Here’s a quick how-to.


family writes on piece of paper at table together

I’m Grateful for T.H.A.N.K.S.G.I.V.I.N.G.

This game is a lot like Scattergories, but with a Thanksgiving twist. Hand out a sheet of paper to all your family members or guests with the word “Thanksgiving” down the side, like an acrostic. Then explain these rules:

  1. While being timed, write down something you are grateful for that begins with each letter in the word Thanksgiving. For example, you might write for the first letter of Thanksgiving that you are grateful for “Turkey.”
  2. After the timer is up, participants share what they wrote for each letter in Thanksgiving. You get a point if you wrote down something that no one else wrote. You don’t get a point if there are any repeats—even if it was repeated later in the acrostic.

Set a timer for 3–5 minutes—3 minutes if you want a challenge, 5 minutes if you and your family need a little more time. If your family enjoys this game, you can try the same game using other words such as “Turkey” or “Gratitude.”

thanksgiving activities worksheet

For more Thanksgiving activities—and family activities for any occasion—check out FamilySearch’s In-Home Activities page.

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  1. Something we do is have a prayer where we say what we are thankful for oldest to youngest over and over( Star, butterflies, family members,Jesus, etc.) We do another thing that can demonstrate how each person is important is to start with the oldest and go down the relationships lighting each other’s candles in a slightly darkened room. Battery operated candles are good for children and * sharped holes on a small plate or paper cup can catch hot wax drips from real candles. The kitchen or outdoors is best for easy cleanup.