16 Thanksgiving Family Games

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PlayMonster Relative Insanity Party Game About Crazy Relatives -- Made & played by Comedian Jeff Foxworthy!

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Relative Insanity

Jeff Foxworthy might be a redneck, but having hosted Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, the comedian also knows a thing or two about games. (Speaking of which, pro-wrestler and voice of Ferdinand John Cena hosts a recent Nickelodeon reboot of the game show.) Foxworthy's board game, Relative Insanity, is kind of like Cards Against Humanity, but for your crazy relatives (at least those 14 and up).

Read a setup card aloud, like: "When my brother brought out his new baby to show the family, Granny blurted out..". Then everyone else chooses one of their punch line cards to finish the phrase, like: "You are not the father!" or "Somebody took a trip to the land of bad decisions," etc. Play to the reader, who will pick the funniest one and award that player a point. This game is four to 12 players. If you like it, check out the expansion travel pack.

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PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Game

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Quick—name three famous Michaels in under five seconds. Perfect for ages 10 and up, 5 Second Rule has been a hit at our family gatherings. Simply pick a card and try to name three things that fit the topic in five seconds.

This fast-paced party game is harder than you might think. It preys upon that human condition of being able to recall anything until asked to do so. Got an adults-only Thanksgiving party planned? Try the grown-up version, 5 Second Rule Uncensored.

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Name 5 Game

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Quick—name five things that would make a person sneeze. Name 5 is very similar to the 5 Second Rule, but you have to name five things within 90 seconds instead of three things in five seconds. It is recommended for ages 12 and up and can be played in 45 minutes.

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USAOPOLY Telestrations

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You don't have to possess drawing skills to win at Telestrations, but it doesn't hurt. Perfect for ages eight and above, this fun and interactive game is an amalgamation of Pictionary and the Telephone game.

Four to six players start by sketching a word they are given. After a minute, play passes, and the person to your left has to guess what you drew. Then it gets passed again and the next person has to sketch that word and so on and so forth. At the end of the round, when you get your sketch pad back you can see how far off the results are from the original word.

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Gobble Gobble Mad Libs

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For the literary family who finds thinking of nouns, verbs, and adjectives fun, may we present Gobble Gobble Mad Libs. This Turkey Day-themed phrasal template word game features 21 hilarious stories about Thanksgiving dinner, traditions, and Black Friday shopping. Here is a printable if you just feel like doing one.

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Questions Galore Party Game Book: Thanksgiving Edition

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Would you rather sail across the Atlantic on the Mayflower or grow a whole crop from seed and harvest it by hand so you have food to eat through the winter? In addition to silly scenarios such as these, Questions Galore Thanksgiving Edition is full of family fun for all ages, including icebreaker questions and conversation starters in case you need dinner table topics.

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Thanksgiving Themed Charades

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Get goofy this Thanksgiving and show off your charades skills! Play Party Plan offers printable Thanksgiving charades words you can cut up and add to a bowl or cup. Set a timer for a minute and see how many your team can guess. Have someone keep score, and remember, no words or props!

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Turkey Trivia

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Everyone knows that turkey contains sleep-inducing tryptophan, but what else do you know about the feathery foul that Benjamin Franklin supposedly suggested for our national bird? Test your family on turkey trivia with these cute printable Turkey Trivia Cards from Craftaholics Anonymous.

For more food-focused fun, try this Thanksgiving: Food Trivia for under five bucks. Play Thanksgiving: Who's the Turkey? Trivia, another printable that only costs a few bucks to decide who's on dish duty. Loser has to do dishes! And finally, Print Games Now also offers Thanksgiving: Truth or Turkey? Trivia, a four-question game that's perfect for playing over pie.

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Convo Cards

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Getting together with extended family—like your aunts and uncles that you've been forced to unfollow on Facebook—can feel a bit awkward. Make sure conversation stays in the safe zone with these printable dinner conversation cards. Or, just keep their mouths stuffed with stuffing.

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Thanksgiving Taboo

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This printable is played just like Taboo. Get your teammate to guess the word on the card without saying any of the related words listed below it.

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You Don't Know My Life!! - The TMI Party Game with no Wrong Answers, just #Inappropriate Ones

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You Don't Know My Life (YDKML) was developed by a professional celebrity interviewer who is trained in getting people to spill the tea. How it works: Everyone writes down an answer to a question card. The answers then get shuffled and dealt back out. Players read the answer aloud, then sum it up with a funny hashtag. The "judge" then tries to match the answer with the player who wrote it.

This question-and-answer game may be a little inappropriate for the kid's table, but it can be modified for all ages. The question cards are color-coded, so just take out the edgier pink ones and skip over the ones that have to do with grown-up stuff like jobs. This is a great way to hear new stories for once, instead of the ones that get repeated every year ;)

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{THE AND} Family Edition

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For the close-knit crew, THE SKIN DEEP offers {THE AND} Family Edition, a deck of 199 questions to help explore your connections with your family members. As Brené Brown attests, there is no connection without vulnerability, and this relationship card game purports to "create space for vulnerability, openness, and deep listening through dialogue." Some questions may be too mature for the 10 and under crowd, but you can always skip the ones they can't relate to.

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Frozen Unicorns: The Hilarious Pocketsize Party Game of Silly Statues

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Strike a pose. Frozen Unicorns is a "hilarious pocket-size party game of silly statues" from the makers of Randomise, another family-friendly game that involves drawing, acting, or describing. In this statuesque game, players select a card based on difficulty. The harder it is, the more points it's worth. For instance, an "easy" frozen ballerina is worth one point, while a medium-level difficulty frozen cowboy would be worth two, and a harder pose, like the frozen breakdancer, will garner three points. This game can be played with a minimum of three players, ages six and up.

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Herd Mentality Udderly Addictive Family Board Game

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Herd Mentality is a bovine-themed Family Feud-style game where you try to guess the most popular answer to questions like, "Would you rather have robot arms or robot legs?" This "udderly addictive family board game" is for four to 20 players, ages 10+.

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Buzzword

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Four or more players in teams can have a ball with Buzzword. You and your teammates (ages 10+) have 45 seconds to solve 10 clues. Each answer contains the Buzzword. There is also a junior version for kids ages seven and up.

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Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families

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Finally, a family-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity. The only things that differ in Kids Against Maturity are that you get 10 white answer cards to start and the question cards are blue. Oh, and the person with the hairiest knuckles goes first.

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What Do You Meme? Family Edition - The Hilarious Family Game for Meme Lovers

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From the makers of the hilarious adult party game What Do You Meme? comes a family-friendly edition with all of the R-rated content removed. Compete to create the funniest memes by using a caption card to caption the photo card for each round. The judge picks the funniest combo and the winner is crowned meme king or queen.