50 Post Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Ideas for Post Thanksgiving Dinner Fun

Don’t let the Thanksgiving festivities end after dinner! Use any of our 50 FABULOUS ideas as post-dinner bonding time with family or friends. We’ll even let you in on a little secret… some of these ideas can even be used to occupy the kiddos while dinner is cooking.

That’s right!

We’ve got you covered from start to finish with Thanksgiving day fun!

From learning games to calorie-burning fun, we’ve got something for EVERYONE!

After Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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  • 25 Post Thanksgiving Activities
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25 Post Thanksgiving Activities

In this category, you’ll find twenty-five TOP notch activities that you as a family or just the kids can participate in.  From scavenger hunts to learning games, we’ve got a variety of ideas to keep everyone busy and capture the spirit of the holiday.

25 Post Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities

1. Alphabet Turkey Match {I Heart Crafty Things} Using a collection of bottle caps, create a darling turkey and have your toddler match the letters in the caps with the letters on the feathers for a perfect holiday themed educational activity.

2. Candy Corn Relay {The Inspired Tree House} – Have kids race through a course holding a spoon full of candy corn. Whichever team gets more candy corn in their bowl at the end, wins.

3. Turkey Hunt {Bloom Designs} – Hide numbered turkeys inside and outside of the house, then send the kids on a mission to find them all.

4. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt {The Dating Divas}Keep the kiddos busy while dinner is cooking and send them out on a Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt.

5. November When {The Dating Divas} – Place one of these darling printables on everyone’s plate to allow them to share their favorite Thanksgiving memory. Then, use them as great conversation pieces over dinner!

Thanksgiving Ideas

6. Thanksgiving Coloring Pages {1+1+1=1} – A sure way to keep kids distracted during post-dinner clean up!

7. Thanksgiving Activity Packet {Home Grown Hearts Academy} – Need more things to keep the kids busy?! Try these fun sheets!

8. Thanksgiving Mad Libs {How Does She} Who doesn’t love Mad Libs?! Also a fun activity.

9. Thanksgiving Mad Libs for Kids {24/7 Moms} – Here is an easier version of Mad Libs that allows the younger guests to participate.

10. Thankful From A-Z {The Crafting Chicks}This is a great activity for elementary age and older! Ask everyone to list things they are thankful for, starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Ideas for Thanksgiving

11. Blessing Bag {The Dating Divas}Use our darling Blessing Bag printables to create a thoughtful gift bag and give it to a neighbor or friend.

12. Photobooth Props {The Dating Divas}Set up a fun photo booth station in your house and grab some great pictures of the family! {With just a few of these + your printables you are ready to go!}

13. Thanksgiving Conversation Cards {Happy Home Fairy}A great set of activity cards that get the family together.

14. Turkey Feathers {The Idea Room}Gather the kids around a die, some of these, and the printable cards and see who can roll numbers 1-6 first!

15. You’ve Been Gobbled {The Dating Divas} – Fill a bag of treats and place it on the doorstep of friends or neighbors for a thoughtful surprise.

Busy Work During Thanksgiving

16. Thanksgiving RAOK {The Dating Divas} – We’ve created the ULTIMATE list of service ideas for the perfect “giving” time of year. Complete some of these tasks after dinner!

17. Thanksgiving Would You Rather {Classroom Freebies} A game of “Would You Rather” is always telling. Learn more about your kiddos’ preferences.

18. Thanksgiving Thankful Letter {DGreetings}Grab a card perfect for your friends or family and share it with them over the long weekend.

19. Thanksgiving Word Search {Or So She Says} – While the food settles and you wait for dessert, have the family participate in a simple word search.

20. Thankful Treasure Hunt {A Girl and a Glue Gun}Have your kids list things they are thankful for and then have them search for them while they wait for dinner, dessert or other activities.

Fall Activities

21. Dancing Corn Science Activity {Little Bins for Little Hands}Grab your science-loving kid and have fun with this experiment!

22. Candy Pumpkin Engineering {Lemon Lime Adventures} – Let your little builder build fun structures out of candy pumpkins and toothpicks.

23. Flying Turkey {Frugal Fun 4 Boys} – Have a house full of boys?! This activity is for you! Set up some “turkeys” and allow your kiddos to shoot them down with a nerf gun or even just a ball.

24. Pumpkin Ring Toss {Meaningful Mama} A simple concept but so much fun! With a few of these rings + some pumpkins, you are all set!

25. Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher {Bren Did} – Cootie catchers are always the best! This one is just darling!

25 Post Thanksgiving Game Ideas

After dinner, it’s time to work off some of that food! Beat the “tired” by getting the family involved in any of these 25 post Thanksgiving dinner game ideas!

25 Post Thanksgiving Game Ideas

Thanksgiving Game Ideas

26. Thankful “FOUR” {The Dating Divas} – A fun game of Connect Four that allows you to share what you are thankful for.

27. Thanksgiving Bingo {The Dating Divas}A simple version of Bingo, easy for little ones to get involved in.

28. Thanksgiving Traditions Bingo {The Dating Divas}A version of Bingo that discusses Thanksgiving traditions.

29. Thanksgiving Scattergories {U Create} This is a sure hit for family fun!

30. Turkey Land {Modern Homemakers}If you love Candy Land then you’ll LOVE Turkey Land!

Games for Thanksgiving

31. Touch Football {Wall Street Journal} – A classic Thanksgiving game, touch football will burn off that pumpkin pie for sure!

32. Turkey Trot {Room For Improvements} – A turkey trot is really just a three-legged race with a festive name! Have fun!

33. Turkey Tag {Teach Beside Me}Attach feathers to the tail of your shirt and play tag. The idea is to grab feathers off your opponent’s shirt. Once you’re out of feathers, you’re out of the game!

34. Pumpkin Roll {One Charming Party} – Sounds silly but is SO fun! Race your family!

35. Turkey Bowling {The Dating Divas} – How cute is this setup!? Decorate some gourds and aim for a strike!

Fall Games

36. Roll a Turkey {Inspiration Made Simple}This is an EASY game for young kids!

37. Don’t Eat Tom {Prepared Not Scared} – Grab M&M’s and this printable board game for a tasty, after-dinner game!

38. Thanksgiving Family Feud {Pam’s Party Printables} – Who doesn’t love family feud?! Now, you have a Thanksgiving version!

39. Parade-oply {Amazon} – Beat the crowds of a true parade and play Parade-opoly!

40. Thanksgiving Board Game {Amazon} – Add this to your family traditions! The perfect game to enjoy during family time.

Turkey Games

41. Turkey Baster Pom Pom Race {School Time Snippets}This makes me chuckle. Drop some pom-poms on the floor and give each child a turkey baster to see who can blow the pom-pom across the floor the fastest.

42. Turkey Rockets {Growing a Jeweled Rose} – Your kids will LOVE this game. Adhere a turkey to a balloon and attach the balloon to a straw and rocket your balloon down a string!

43. Turkey Trivia {Craftaholics Anonymous} – Test your Thanksgiving knowledge with a little Turkey Trivia.

44. Thanksgiving Pictionary {I Dig Pinterest}Write a variety of fall/Thanksgiving themed ideas on popsicle sticks and use them for a festive game of Pictionary.

45. Racing Turkeys {Mom Inspired Life} Develop motor skills and teach numbers by rolling a die and moving your clothespin turkey up the number line.

Kids Games for Thanksgiving

46. Stuff the Turkey {Kid Friendly Things to Do}Create a darling turkey out of a brown paper bag and then toss paper balls inside!

47. Pumpkin Win It in a Minute Games {The Dating Divas} – This along with other ideas shared in this post are SURE to be a hit at your Thanksgiving get together.

48. Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe {Blue iStyle} – Spray Paint some small pumpkins and create a DIY tic tac toe board gorgeous enough to use as a table centerpiece.

49. Don’t Topple the Teepee {The Inspired Tree House} – Tape together a number of pencils and have kids take turns removing one at a time. The first to make the “teepee” topple, loses.

50. Pin the Feather on the Turkey {Living Well Mom}A simple DIY game of pin the feather on the turkey!

There is just too much fun listed all in one place! 

And if you’re looking for more than just activities or games, check out any of our 80+ Thanksgiving Traditions and our 101 MORE Thanksgiving Traditions to make this the most memorable holiday of the year!

Or for FREE printables, chose between any of these 50 FREE Thanksgiving Day printables!

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I am madly in love with three men (1 big and 2 little)! I am lucky enough to be married to my true complement. I spend my days doing any and everything 'boy!' I have a passion for fitness and love trying anything that makes my heart race.

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