7 Thanksgiving Games You Can Play with the Whole Family
Yes, turkey bowling is a thing
There’s nothing quite like a good game to bring your relatives together. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about actual sports. We mean family-friendly party games when you’re trying to divert attention away the barrage of questions on why you haven’t had a second (or third or fourth) child yet. Your food baby is quite enough right now, thank you.
Best for: A gathering with guests of all ages
Why it’s great: Come on, it’s a classic for a reason. You just split your group into teams, write topic ideas on cards, clear a space for people to act out their cards and delight as everyone yells over each other until they’re blue in the face. Here, we even found you a charade idea generator.
Best for: Ages 12 and up
Why it’s great: For starters, there are so many Pictionary sets available on Amazon at affordable prices that you won’t break the bank trying to entertain your guests. And it’s a classic choice for any group of artistically inclined friends or family.
Settlers of Catan
Best for: The true gamers among us (ages 8 and up)
Why it’s great: Everyone loves to nerd out, and this family-friendly game is perfect for those who live to strategize. If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, set this one out for your school-age guests and watch them fall into the beautiful, beautiful silence of deep thought. Get it on Amazon.
Best for: Injecting some energy into a group that might not know each other well
Why it’s great: Simply download the app on your phone and get people to clue you into what’s on the screen. It’s pretty self-explanatory from there—once you get the hang of holding your phone to your head.
Best for: Word nerds
Why it’s great: This is basically Scrabble’s cooler, edgier cousin. While Scrabble is all about quiet concentration, Boggle throws a time stamp into the mix so you’re never bored by the pace of play. Opt for Big Boggle if your group skews older or Boggle Jr. to get the younger crowd flexing their vocabulary.
Best for: Breaking the ice and stocking up on adorable stickers
Why it’s great: All you need to do is give every guest ten stickers to covertly stick to other guests without them noticing. If your target catches you, they get to put a sticker on you. The first one to get rid of all their stickers wins. It’s like the easiest version of spy games you’ll ever play.