What is it about the holidays that makes kids want to run around the room? Could it be all the sugar we supply them with? I’m not sure but no matter how hard I try, during the month of November and December, kids want to play more and learn less. If you find the same thing is happening your children’s church or Sunday School, never fear–active play Thanksgiving games are here! Carve out some play time so all those busy little hands will have something to do! Put these three active play Thanksgiving games to use!
The Great Turkey Grab: For this game, you need four plastic baskets, laundry baskets work fine. You also need a few dozen, round, inflated balloons, a permanent marker and a maybe some electrical or contractor’s tape for a start and finish line. Tape the lines on the floor placing them at least ten feet apart. Draw a face on each balloon, giving them each eyes and a triangular beak. If you don’t want to use turkeys, you could write the word “Thanks” all over the balloons instead. Put equal amounts of balloons in two baskets. Set them at the start line. Put the two empty baskets at the finish line. Pick two children to come stand at the start line. When you give the signal, they will run to the basket of turkeys and grab as many as they can. The kids will run back and toss them in the baskets at the start line. Whoever gets the most turkeys in the basket in one minute is the winner! Keep playing, pairing up different kids for some fun. You could also use this game for a team vs team activity.
Gobble, Gobble: This game is kind of like Blindman’s Bluff, okay, it’s a lot like it but it is hilarious. You will need a good blindfold and of course, two lines on the floor. The lines should be at least ten feet apart. The Turkey stands in the center of the room and the kids line up behind one of the lines. When the blindfolded Turkey/Kid says, “Gobble, gobble!” the kids run from one side of the line to the other but they can’t get touched by the Turkey. If they get touched by the Turkey, they have to sit out until there are no kids left.
Turkey Tag: You’ll need wooden clothespins, one for each child and colored markers. Draw little turkey faces on the clothespins or you could glue a printed turkey face to the clothespin head. Attach one clothespin on the back of every child’s clothing. You get to be It! When you say, “Go!” Kids run past you from one line to another. As they run past you, collect the clothespins. Once the pins are gone, they have to sit out until the next round. It’s fun but this game is much more orderly if an adult is IT.
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