Around our house, Thanksgiving morning is all about preparing for the big meal of the day. My husband prepares the turkey to go in the oven, while I’m working on my mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and chocolate pie. Don’t forget about setting the table and getting dressed up for the occasion. But with all that to do how do you keep the little ones occupied and out from under your feet?
So I went searching for activities that would keep my boys entertained without much supervision. While searching the web I came across this Scarecrow Felt Board + Game on Let’s Explore, in which I said to myself, “I can recreate that with a Pilgrim and Native American!”
Since, I had recently created Itty Bitty Love’s Felt Turkey activity, I wanted to switch it up a bit. I decided to create (well have my husband create) our Native American and Pilgrim with foam and magnets, which works even better for this household because we have metal closet doors and no felt board! However, my husband needed a little more inspiration to help finalize the design. So, while browsing on DLTK’s site I came across what I would use as my Pilgrim boy and Native American boy model.
So with this inspiration, I put together this fun Thanksgiving Dice Game.
How to Play the Thanksgiving Game:
Each player starts with the face of either the pilgrim or Native American. Then, as they roll the dice or select a counting card, they add parts to their person. The first person to complete their figure wins. But be careful; don’t roll a turkey or you’ll lose a piece.
The first year we used it our son and his cousins were occupied for quite a while. After all, they each wanted to win before they could quit. Their favorite part was seeing each other roll a turkey – LOSE A PIECE!
Creating the pieces was a lot of prep work, but I’ve saved you the hassle by creating a printable. So, print it on card stock and laminate. To play this game you’ll need a dice or you can use our Counting Cards 1-6. This game can be played as a one person game or a 2 player game.
Have fun and enjoy!
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