Indoor Thanksgiving Activities for the Whole Family

November 23, 2022


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The holidays are upon us and that means it's time to start thinking about what to do for Thanksgiving. If you're stuck indoors this year, don't worry. We've got you covered with a list of indoor Thanksgiving activities the whole family will enjoy. From watching holiday movies to playing classic Thanksgiving games, there's something for everyone on this list. So get cozy and get ready for some fun!

1. Traditional Games With a Twist

Don't let your Thanksgiving fun be limited to the same old games. Shake things up this year by putting a new twist on some classic favorites. For example, try playing charades with Thanksgiving-themed words and phrases. Or, turn the classic game of tag into a game of turkey tag. The possibilities are endless!

Examples of traditional games that you can put a twist on include:

  • Charades - Use Thanksgiving-themed words and phrases
  • Tag - Turn it into a game of turkey tag
  • Pictionary - Draw Thanksgiving-themed words and phrases
  • Hide and Seek - Hide Thanksgiving-themed objects around the house

2. Baking Delicious Thanksgiving Treats

One of the best parts of the holidays is all of the delicious food. If you're stuck indoors this year, why not get in the kitchen and bake some Thanksgiving-themed treats? You can make everything from pumpkin pies to turkeys out of cookies. Get the whole family involved in the baking process and make some memories (and delicious treats) that will last a lifetime.

There are tons of delicious recipes to choose from, and you just need to do a quick search online for some inspiration. If you want additional guidance to get you started, here's our blog post about delicious Thanksgiving recipes.

3. Movie Marathon of Holiday Classics

What's Thanksgiving without a little holiday movie marathon? Get the family together and cuddle up on the couch with some of your favorite Thanksgiving movies. You can watch classics like What's Cooking or The Big Chill. Or, you can watch newer favorites like Friendsgiving or The Oath. No matter what you watch, you're sure to have a good time.

Some additional movies we recommend include:

  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Alice's Restaurant
  • Grumpy Old Men
  • Friendsgiving
  • The Oath
  • Garfield's Thanksgiving
  • Krisha
  • The Humans
  • The Big Chill
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Hollidaysburg

To read more about these movies, you can check our blog post about the best Thanksgiving-themed movies here.

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4. Get Crafty With DIY Thanksgiving Decorations

Of course, you should have already prepared all of the Thanksgiving decorations before the big day. But, if you're anything like us, you procrastinated and now you're scrambling to get everything done. Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Here are some quick and easy DIY Thanksgiving decorations that you can make with things around your house.

  • Toilet paper roll turkeys - All you need for this craft is some toilet paper rolls, paint, googly eyes, and construction paper. Once you have all of your materials, you can start painting your toilet paper rolls. Once they're dry, add the googly eyes and construction paper feathers.
  • Mason jar leaf candles - These are so easy to make and they look really pretty. All you need is some mason jars, fake leaves, glue, and candles. Start by gluing the leaves around the outside of the mason jar. Once the glue is dry, add a candle to the inside of the jar.
  • Pilgrim hat place cards - For this craft, you'll need some construction paper, scissors, and markers. Cut out a triangle shape from the construction paper and then cut out a smaller triangle from the top of that triangle. This will be the brim of the hat. Next, cut a strip of paper that will wrap around the head.

What's great about these decorations is they're easy to make and you probably have most, if not all, of the materials already. So get crafty and enjoy spending time with your family making Thanksgiving decorations.

5. Scavenger Hunt for Hidden Thanksgiving Objects

There's nothing more satisfying than saying, "I found it!" For us who like the challenge, there's no better way to spend time with family (or friends) than by going on a Thanksgiving-themed scavenger hunt.

Here's how it works:

  • Each person will need a piece of paper and a pen.
  • You'll need to hide Thanksgiving-themed objects around the house.
  • The first person to find all of the objects wins.

To make this activity more, consider hiding objects that mean something personal to your family. This will make the scavenger hunt more challenging and more fun. Some objects you can hide include:

  • Your old baby shoes that's been sitting in the attic for years
  • A family photo from when you were kids
  • A recipe card for your grandmother's famous pumpkin pie
  • The key to the liquor cabinet (if you're feeling daring)

This is a great way to get everyone up and moving around. And, it's a lot of fun too. Plus, you can make the scavenger hunt as easy or difficult as you want.  So, next time you're looking for something to do, consider a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt.

Have fun and happy hunting!

6. Thanksgiving-Themed Minute to Win It Games

Looking for a fun and challenging way to spend time with family this Thanksgiving? Then, consider playing some Thanksgiving-themed Minute to Win It games.

For those of you who are not familiar with the game, Minute to Win It is a game show where contestants have to complete simple tasks within 60 seconds. The tasks get progressively more difficult as the game goes on. 

To make the game more festive, here are some Thanksgiving-themed tasks you can do:

  • Cranberry Balance - See how many cranberries you can balance on your head in one minute.
  • Stuffing Stack - Using a fork, see how many pieces of stuffing you can stack in one minute.
  • Pumpkin Toss - See how many times you can toss a small pumpkin in the air and catch it in one minute.
  • Turkey Trot - See how many laps you can run around the table in one minute.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are endless possibilities when it comes to Minute to Win It games. So, get creative and have fun!


This coming Thanksgiving, make sure that you and your family have plenty of fun activities to keep everyone entertained. With these ideas, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So get creative, have fun, and most importantly, enjoy spending time with your loved ones.

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