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8 Coolest Game Ideas That Everyone Enjoys In The Thanksgiving Party

8 Coolest Game Ideas That Everyone Enjoys In The Thanksgiving Party

Party games aren’t just reserved for Christmas. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year for bringing together friends and family so why not get creative and get everyone involved in a bit of fun? Whether you’re waiting for the turkey to cook or looking for some entertainment afterwards once your stomachs have settled, games are a great and fun way to pass the time with both kids and adults.

With that in mind, here are 8 thanksgiving party games for all the family to try!

1. Traffic Yam

We all buy too many yams so why not use some for this simple and fun game? Try to use odd-shaped yams as they tend to make the game a little harder!

What you need: raw yams, dessert spoons, painter’s tape

How to play: stick a line of painter’s tape to the far end of the room. Give each person a yam and a spoon, placing the yam on the floor and the spoon in each person’s mouth ask everyone to line up across the room from the taped end point. Each person must use the spoon in their mouth to push the yam to the other side of the room. The winner is the first to cross the finish line!

2. Face The Pie

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    This one is messy so it’s probably best for after the meal!

    What you need: gummy letters, paper plates, spray whipped cream, timer

    How to play: set up the game by thinking of a word, spell out the word by putting one gummy letter on each paper plate and cover with whipped cream. Mix up the plates so the word is scrambled and line them up on a table. One person steps up to the line of plates, and with their hands behind their backs, they must find the gummy letters using only their mouth. Once all the letters are found, they can use their hands to rearrange the letters and find the word. The quickest person wins!

    3. Ping Pong Ball Challenge

    This game may seem simple but there’s a catch – each ping pong ball must only be moved by placing it between the chin and the neck!

    What you need: ping pong balls, large plastic cups

    How to play: Place a line of cups at the end of the room on a table one per team/player. On the opposite side of the room place ping pong balls. The aim of the game is to move three ping pong balls from one side of the room to the other only placing it between your chin and neck. The first player or team to successfully move three ping pong balls into their cup first, wins!

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    4. Feather Challenge

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      This is a good game for the competitive members of the family!

      What you need: feathers (either real or fake), timer

      How to play: The aim of the game is to keep your feather in the air as long as possible by blowing it. This can be an individual game or played in teams but the person or team that keeps their feather in the air for the longest time wins.

      5. Paper Plate Toss

      This game requires skill and precision!

      What you need: paper plates, plastic cups, pieces of fake food (or any light plastic objects)

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      How to play: put the cups on a table upside down and place the plastic objects on top of the cups. Using the paper plates like frisbees, the aim of the game is to knock off the object in as little throws as possible. The fastest player/team to knock them off is the winner

      6. Cork Wars

      This game will be loved by family members young and old!

      What you need: corks, straws, different colored paints, a large plastic container, water

      How to play: paint the top of each cork with a different color and allow it to dry. Carefully fill up a large plastic container (the large types you put under the bed) with water. The aim of the game is for each person to blow their cork with a straw from one end of the container to the other in the quickest time. You can play this one on one or with 3 or 4 people at a time.

      7. Shake Your Tailfeathers

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        This game requires some preparation and possible extensive clearing up afterwards but it’s worth it!

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        What you need: feathers, tissue boxes, pantyhose

        How to play: empty the tissue boxes and fill each box with feathers. Tape a pair of pantyhose onto each box so the box is in the middle of the pantyhose. Give a box to each person and have them tie the pantyhose around their waist so the tissue box is on their backside. The aim of the game is to shake the feathers out the quickest – this is a hilarious game to watch!

        8. The Paper Toss Challenge

        This game has different levels so can become quite competitive!

        What you need: screwed up pieces of different paper made into balls, different sized pots, pans and dishes, sticky labels.

        How to play: arrange the pots, pans and dishes of varying sizes on the other side of the room. Put the smaller containers at the back and larger ones at the front, stick labels on each container to indicate the amount of points each one is worth (e.g. large containers at the front could be 2 points, and small containers at the back could be 8 points). Each person must stand at the far side of the room and get their paper balls into the containers. Each person has a minute to reach 21 points.

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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

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        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

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        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
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        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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