There are lots of great things to do to get your family in the Thanksgiving spirit. A big project can be loads of fun, but let’s be honest…it’s not always feasible. So what do you do on the days when your schedule is packed and the only time you have is a few minutes in your car as you run from one place to another? Or maybe you only have a few minutes around the supper table? Pick one of these 5 quick and easy Thanksgiving activities to get you feeling thankful!
- Thankful I Spy: “I spy with my little eye, something that makes me thankful.” Take turns spying something that makes you thankful and let everyone guess what it is.
- Thankful Hangman: Play the traditional game of Hangman, but use words of things that make you thankful.
- Thanksgiving ABCs: Go through the alphabet and name something that starts with that letter that makes you thankful. For example the first person might say, “A. I am thankful for art.” The next person might say, “B. I am thankful for ballet.” The third person might say, “C. I am thankful for candy.” Continue until you have been through the whole alphabet.
- Thankful Lego Sculptures (or Minecraft): Everyone can create a Lego (or Minecraft) sculpture of something they are thankful for. You could even leave them out through the season and create a Thankfulness museum.
- Thanksgiving 20 Questions: This is similar to the traditional game of 20 Questions, using things you are thankful for. The first person will think of something they are thankful for. Everyone will ask them yes or no questions to try to guess what that person is thankful for. If younger ones are playing, you may try asking questions with answers that are more specific than “yes” or “no.” (I borrowed this idea from Of The Hearth’s “14 Gratitude Activities for the Whole Family.” Check them out!)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5 NIV
That’s it…short and sweet! The holidays don’t always have to be taxing!
What quick and easy Thanksgiving ideas do you have?
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