My Thanksgiving Dinner Plate {Thanksgiving Game for kids}

There aren’t a lot of fun Thanksgiving themed activities and games to play, especially with young kids.

So, I created this easy printable Thanksgiving Dinner Plate game.

Print out a game card for each person and roll the dice. Whoever fills their plate first with a meat item, dessert, bread, and three sides wins the game!

printable thanksgiving game on table

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  • All you need for this one is the printable game you can download below (it will require a little bit of prep work).
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue

How to Play

Prep Work

1 – Carefully cut out the 6-sided die.

6 sided game die

2 – Fold all the solid lines and use tape or glue to construct the die. I suggest tape as you don’t have to worry about things coming apart before they’re dry.

folded game die

3 – Cut out all the wedges on the pages labeled dessert, bread, meat, and sides.

4 – You’ll want to print out enough copies of the “My Thanksgiving Dinner Plate” page so that each player has one, you can play with up to 6 players.

If you want to have more than 6 players simply print out extra copies of the meat, dessert, bread, and sides pages.

Game Play

1 – Each player takes a blank copy of the “My Thanksgiving Dinner Plate” page.

2 – The youngest player goes first. Roll the die and see if you get a meat, dessert, bread, or side. Choose a wedge from that category.

The wedges are color-coded so that young kids who don’t read can play too.

bread die roll and wedge

3 – Continue playing by taking turns until someone fills up their plate.

completed dinner plate

4 – If you roll a dessert and you’ve already filled your dessert space you just skip that turn and gameplay continues.

Note: Every player won’t collect every food, each player gets to choose their favorite. Get your favorites before someone else does!

Learning Opportunities

Taking Turns

Games are great for helping kids work on taking turns.

If younger kids are playing you may not want to play with too many players…they only have so much patience. That is a skill they will build on over time.

Thanksgiving game for kids pages

Different Types of Food

Play this game before Thanksgiving to help expose them to the new foods they may get to try.

Talk about how they might taste, which ones are vegetables which are extra good for them.

If you have a favorite dish you can always cut out a picture of it and tape it over one of the foods I’ve provided pictures of to customize the game for your family.

Color Matching

For young kids, this can be a fun way to practice their color matching.

They won’t be able to read the words on the cards but they can match up the colors to know what items they should choose based on their roll and where on their plate to place the wedge.

Print the Game

This game prints on regular 8.5″x11″ paper. You will want to print it in color as items are color coded for young kids that don’t read. The PDF is 10 pages long including a title page and instruction sheet.

Printables are for personal use only. All printables on Tot School Resources website are the property of totschoolresources.com and may not be sold, used for commercial purposes, or given away for free on your own website.

printable Thanksgiving game for kids

Thanksgiving activity for kids

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