Thanksgiving Charades

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Inside: Add some fun to your Turkey Day with our free Thanksgiving Charades Game!

Are you looking forward to having everyone over for Thanksgiving this year? I know it can be quite the event, especially if you’re hosting!

If you’re looking for something fun to keep everyone occupied and away from talking politics, (yikes) grab out free pdf with 30 fun Thanksgiving Charades terms to get your crew laughing and enjoying your time together as a family.

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Add this fun thanksgiving charades game to you turkey day!

In this free, pdf download, you’ll find 30 Thanksgiving themed terms and phrases to make your turkey day extra fun!

How to play Thanksgiving charades!

  • Prepare the Clues:
    • On the following pages, you’ll find 30 Thanksgiving terms and sayings. Cut the cards out and randomly put them in two baskets. There is a blank page for you to use your own ideas if you prefer.
  • Divide into Teams:
    • Split the players into two or more teams. Each team takes turns being the one to act out the clues while the other teams try to guess.
  • Setup the Playing Area:
    • Designate an area where the person acting out the clues (the actor) will stand or perform. This area should be visible to all teams.
  • Starting a Round:
    • Decide on a turn order or use any fair method to determine which team goes first.
  • Acting Out the Clues:
    • A member of the first team becomes the actor. They randomly select a clue from the hat or container and keep it hidden from their own team.
    • Set the timer for an agreed-upon time limit (usually 1-2 minutes).
    • The actor then starts acting out the word or phrase on the card without speaking, using gestures, body movements, and facial expressions to convey the message.
  • Guessing:
    • While the actor is performing, the other teams watch and try to guess what word or phrase the actor is trying to convey.
    • Teams can shout out their guesses, but the actor should not respond verbally or give any hints.
  • Correct Guess or Time’s Up:
    • If a team guesses the correct word or phrase before the timer runs out, that team scores a point.
    • If the timer runs out before anyone guesses correctly, the acting team does not score a point for that round.
  • Switch Teams:
    • After a round is complete, the next team takes its turn to act out clues, and play continues in this manner.
  • Winning the Game:
    • You can set a predetermined number of rounds or a target score for the game. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
  • Optional Rules:
    • Depending on your group’s preferences, you can add variations or house rules, such as allowing a limited number of passes per turn or using a different point system.

Do you have any other game ideas for Thanksgiving?

Let me know down in the comments below!



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