Looking for a fun game to play with your family between Thanksgiving dinner and the Pumpkin Pie?
Our family tested our knowledge of Thanksgiving traditions and history at our family dinner last Thanksgiving. I came up with the questions and printed them off on half sheet papers. We followed basic TV Jeopardy rules and adapted as necessary for our situation.An example of answers and questions for the “First Thanksgiving” topic are as follows:
First Thanksgiving Answer Key
100: When was the first thanksgiving? 1621
200: The president who made Thanksgiving a national holiday? Abraham Lincoln
300: How long did Thanksgiving last? 3 Days
400: How many people where at the first thanksgiving? 140
500: What Indian Tribe? Wampanoag
You can download a pdf file of the Jeopardy game we used by clicking on the link below. It’s ready to print with 1/2 sheet question cards and a list of answers. Heading cards are on a half sheet and feature the graphics shown in the photo above. Take a quick look at the questions before printing and make sure they are still applicable. Happy Thanksgiving!
FREE Thanksgiving Jeopardy printable
Beads! Family Reunion Activities
This bead activity is perfect for your western themed family reunion.
Thanksgiving Day Arrowhead Necklace craft
I Love Beads! I really do. I use them for so many activities at family reunions.
Beach Family Reunion
The best thing I ever did with beads was to make a bead reward box for our family reunion in Lake Powell. Instructions and printables for the bead box are included in our Beach family reunion theme package. You can find it by clicking here- Beach Reunion
Western Family Reunion
More recently, I came across this fun, simple and inexpensive bead activity that would be perfect for your western themed family reunion.
To represent the Native American culture, make beaded arrowhead necklaces. You can limit the number of beads that can be put on each necklace or let them go wild. Pony beads are cheap and easy to come by at any craft store.
I thought the arrowheads would be hard to find or too expensive but felt pretty lucky when found a set of 50 Indian agate replica arrowheads at Amazon for under $10.00. Just click on the link below to purchase.
Arrowhead necklaces would also be a fun activity on Thanksgiving. Set up a table away from more traditional Thanksgiving activities and let your guests build their own creation.
Another fun bead activity for your reunion is bead geckos. Read our blog on Family Reunion Helper.com for detailed instructions. Bead Gecko Blog
Squirrel’s Thanksgiving Dinner Game
A large group game for all ages- perfect for Thanksgiving fun!
For two teams you will need 4 bowls and a set of chopsticks for each person playing the game. Collect 2 of several kinds of nuts that a squirrel might eat for Thanksgiving dinner- 2 shelled peanuts, 2 almonds, 2 acorns, and 2 unshelled walnuts.
Place 2 of the bowls at one end of the room and put one of each kind of nut in each bowl. Place the other 2 empty bowls directly across from them at the other end of the room.
Divide those that want to play into 2 equal teams. Give each person a set of chopsticks and line teams up in a row from the full bowl to the empty bowl.
On the word “go”, the person nearest the full bowl will pick up one of the nuts with their chopsticks, and will pass it down the line to the next person, also using chopsticks. Once they have passed the first nut they can pick up the second nut and begin passing it- the don’t need to wait for the first nut to get passed to the end.
Participants can not use their fingers. If they drop one of the nuts they must run it back to the starting bowl and begin passing it again.
The team that gets all four nuts to the empty bowl first wins!
NOTE: You can easily involve more players by adding more teams or repeating the game after the first 2 teams face off ending with the “championship” game.
You can usually purchase chopsticks from Oriental restaurants or from Amazon (100 sets for under $10.00- with prime shipping)