Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your student gatherings?
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Turkey bowling. Grab a frozen turkey – don’t thaw it out – and a dozen two liter bottles filled with water. Line them up, and let ‘er rip. Two warnings: a frozen turkey will knock a hole in a sheetrock wall, and a two liter bottle of carbonated drink will explode. We promise.
- Cranberry sauce sculpting. Make sure you use the jello version in a can. And bring extra napkins.
- Jimmy Fallon “Thank-You Note” game. Divide students into teams and have them write thank you notes – Jimmy Fallon style. Let the notes be read on stage.
- Local mission project. Depending on the needs in your area, take your students to sing at an assisted living facility, serve at soup kitchen, or pick up trash in a messy area.
- Giving tree. Create a tree out of paper, repurposed wood, or a simple drawing, and have students attach things they are thankful of to the tree. Read “The Giving Tree” as a fun ending.
- List 100 things to be thankful for. Give students 10 minutes to write down 100 things they are thankful for. The goal is to write them down as quickly as you can so you can complete the list in 10 minutes. Debrief and invite students to make observations about their lists.
- Have students write thank you notes to people they love. Add humor by having them write the notes on a turkey out of their hand print (tempura paint and construction paper) like they did when they were in preschool.
- Thank-you notes to students. The youth leaders share things they are thankful for to the group. You could include experiences from the past year, things that make him/her proud of the group, etc.
What are your best Thanksgiving ideas?
– Tim and Tasha
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