I just love this free Thanksgiving game for Kids from our contributor, Lora over at Craftivity Designs! All you need to play are these free printable cards, a die, and some M&Ms. What a great idea to keep the kids occupied after Thanksgiving dinner!
As much as you and I love to sit down to a Thanksgiving meal — chatting with family and enjoying second (or third! #guilty) helpings — it can be a long meal for the kiddos. This year, give each child a copy of a free Thanksgiving game, called “Roll a Turkey” to keep them entertained. Paired with tasty M&Ms, the game is also a simple holiday treat!
I’m Lora from Craftivity Designs, where I share colorful scavenger hunt games and fun family activities. A few of my favorites are our road trip nature scavenger hunt and travel game kit.
“Roll a Turkey” Thanksgiving Game Supplies
- white cardstock
- printer + ink
- printable game file
- 12″ paper cutter (optional)
How to Make a Roll a Turkey Thanksgiving Game
First, download and print the “Roll a Turkey” game file on white cardstock. LINK When printing, make sure to print full size or 100% to scale and choose the best print quality in order to maximize color.
Note: Make sure to print 1 card per child. The printable file includes 2 cards per page.
Next, cut out the game. It is easiest to cut straight edges with a 12″ paper cutter. However, if you don’t have a paper cutter, scissors will work just fine.
If you’d like to use this game year after year, consider laminating the card for durability.
Once the game is cut out, gather a handful of M&Ms for each child. Make sure there are at least 2 each of red, blue, and orange; and 3 each of green and yellow in each stack.
Finally, set aside a die for the game, as well. If there will be several tables of kids at the Thanksgiving Meal, consider designating a die for each table.
How to Play “Roll a Turkey”
So, how do you play “Roll a Turkey”? It’s simple! Perfect for kids both young and old.
- Distribute a”Roll a Turkey” game card and a stack of M&Ms to each child.
- The youngest child goes first, by rolling a die.
- The number on the die dictates the color of the M&M that the child may place on their turkey.
- If the child rolls a 6, they are able to place any color M&M.
- Only 1 M&M can be placed per turn.
- If there is no available space (i.e., the child rolls a 2, but the red spots are full), no M&M can be placed and play moves onto the next player.
- The goal is to fill all of the available spots on the “Roll a Turkey” game card.
And, just in case you forget, a simplified version of the instructions is located directly on the game card.
Of course, when the kids are done playing, let them chow down on the M&Ms! If you are feeling extra generous, make sure each stack of M&Ms includes plenty of extras as treats (*wink*).
Lora is the Owner and Creative Director of Craftivity Designs, where she seeks to Create a Home that is simple, functional, and beautiful. With an eye for practical solutions, she designs multi-purpose rooms which pack a storage punch. As a busy mom of 2, she shares crafts that are quick and easy, without sacrificing style. For fun, she loves to go on a homemade scavenger hunt and plan trips to Disney.
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Thanks this Roll A Turkey game is awesome!
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I love this activity! However, I have a student with peanut allergies so I am not able to use it. Do you happen to have this file with purple instead of blue so that skittles can be used for those kids with peanut allergies?
Sorry, I don’t. But using skittles is a great idea!
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Thank you for your sharing
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I love the Roll a Turkey game. I can’t wait to play it this year (2022). I have printed the game card on regular white printer paper but the laminating suggestion is genius!
You really are very creative. Tell yourself that once and a while.
Regards, Gram (75yrs young and still playing games)
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