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!
If you’ve played “Cops & Robbers you can play “Turkeys and Robbers”.
Feeling a little “stuffed” after your Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s a fun game to get your Thanksgiving guests up and moving. Before you know it they’ll be ready for pumpkin pie.
How To Play:
- Divide participants into two groups-the "Turkeys" and the "Robbers." If you have an odd number of people, add extra people to the robbers. It is better to have more robbers than turkeys.
- Make a “nest” for your turkey eggs by making a circle (hula hoop) and placing soft balls or bean bags in the center. Start with three “eggs” but for a longer game you use more eggs.
- Mark off an area to be the "barnyard". When a turkey tags a robber they take the robber to the barnyard. The barnyard could be a tree or an area you mark off.
- Mark off a home base for the robbers. Turkeys may not enter the home base.
- Robbers can get their friends out of the barnyard by touching them.
- To win the game, the robbers must take the eggs while not getting captured by the turkeys.
- The turkeys can tag the robbers to remove them from the game or send them to the barnyard (jail).
- The robbers win if they successfully steal the turkey eggs and take them back to their "home base."
- The turkeys will win the game if they capture all of the robbers and send them to the barnyard.
- You will need to decide if the robbers can throw the turkey eggs from one another to keep them from the turkeys. We like that option especially when playing with an older group.
- If a robber is tagged while running back to the safe zone with a turkey egg, the turkeys must return the object directly to their nest. At no other time may the turkeys carry the eggs.
Turkeys and Robbers is basically just Cops and Robbers with a Thanksgiving twist. There are many variations to the game and I’m sure you have your favorite rules so feel free to tweak as necessary. For instance,you may want to create a safety zone around the nest for the robbers or decide on a time limit for robbers to be inside any of the safety zones.
Whatever variations your family decides on, Turkeys and Robbers is a great way to burn off that stuffed feeling after you’ve gobbled up Tom Turkey and all the trimmings.