Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving Games


Thanksgiving Games

Easy Thanksgiving games for preschool through second grade.


Pin the tail on the turkey. Take a fake turkey made out of construction paper and have the kids pin the tail on him. Just like the game pin the tail on the donkey.


Have the children act out the following Thanksgiving poem. Bring an apron and pan for the cook’s props. Use five large blocks for the “turkeys” fence.

Five fat turkeys sitting on a fence.
The first one said “I’m so immense”
The second one said, “I can gobble at you”.
The third one said “I can gobble too”
The fourth one said I can spread my tail”
The fifth one said “don’t catch it on a nail”
Out came the cook with a great big pan.
Away flew the turkeys with their tails in a fan.


An outdoor activity for Thanksgiving, and beyond. Depending on how many students you have, choose two to three children to be the Pilgrims going on a turkey hunt, the rest of the children are the turkeys. Have the ‘hunters’ count to ten to allow the turkeys time to hide, then you may start the hunt. The turkeys may gobble to help the hunters locate them, as the turkeys are caught the hunters place them in a designated ‘pen’. when all turkeys are caught, change out the hunters and play again, and again, and again. Trust me, the children will have so much fun with this they won’t want to quit. That’s why you can change this game for each season. Christmas, Reindeer Hunt (Santa or Elves hunters), February, Runaway Valentines; etc…Enjoy!


Hide small plastic turkey somewhere in the room. Have children take turns finding the turkey. Other children must “gobble” when the seeker is close to the turkey.


Turkey Hunt Copy and laminate pictures of turkeys and hide them around the room. Number them if you like. Tell the children they are going on a turkey hunt. Let them find the turkeys and bring them back to you.


Spray paint liter pop bottles with brown paint and add a face and feathers. Fill a fourth full of sand and the kids can do Turkey bowling!! Or you can do this with any holiday, ghosts or cupids or bunnies!! Strike!!!


Pin the tail on the Turkey:

Draw a large picture of a Turkey on white paper. Cut the drawing out and glue it to a sheet of poster board. Cut different colored feathers out of construction paper. To play: All players receive a feather with a pushpin. Blindfold the players when it’s their turn. Spin the player around and point them in the direction of the turkey. Let them pin their tail on the Turkey!


Run Fast Little Turkey

Act out the following with your kiddo’s

The brave little Pilgrim

Went out in the wood

Looking for a meal

That would taste really good.

First, she/he picked cranberries

Out in the bog.

Then she saw a turkey

Hiding in a log.

Run fast little turkey.

Run fast as you may.

Or you will come to dinner On Thanksgiving Day!


My Turkey

As you recite the poem below, have the children act out the movements described.

I have a turkey, big and fat.

He spreads his wings

And walks like that.

His daily corn he would not miss,

And when he talks he sounds like this

Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.