Three Cheers for Thanksgiving Part 2 – Getting Ready for Both Food and Fun

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s the season of family, of food, and of football, and not necessarily in that order, what with three anticipated NFL games scheduled for the infamous turkey day. But, this year, instead of parting ways when the table’s been cleared, why not beat boredom and fight fatigue with an interactive family game?

So, in the tradition of sharing what one loves with others, I’ve put together some silly, informative, and puzzling games that the whole family can appreciate!


Colors and shapes – oh my! A quick and quirky game that promotes strategic reasoning and color and shape recognition, Qwirkle from Mindware is like a tile version of UNO with the layout of Scrabble. A great game for young children because no reading is required, but just as exciting for older kids and adults, Qwirkle challenges players to combine quick thinking and strategy to win. For 2 to 4 players.
Explore the globe from the comfort of your own home, all while learning fun, educational facts about our planet and the animals that inhabit it. An interactive game that will puzzle and excite players, the Planet Earth DVD Game from Imagination Games brings the popular television series down to size to show how much you really know about the planet. For 2 to 6 players.
Meeting in the middle has never been such a challenge. The Blokus Game from Mattel challenges players to start a color train and keep that train going despite the other players’ colors quickly closing in on you. Be the first player to get all of your pieces on the board while blocking your opponents – sounds easy right? Maybe not so easy, but tons of fun! I block you, you block me, he Blokus – what a game! For 2 to 4 players.
Roll, count, and shut – the Double Shutter Game from Blue Orange Games is that simple! Or is it? Play is easy – players roll 2 die, add the numbers, and strategically “shut” the numbered tiles. Players continue to roll and “shut” number tiles until there are no moves left. Do you have what it takes to clear the board? For 1 to 6 players.
A fun-filled cross between poker and Yahtzee, the Yamslam Game from Blue Orange Games promotes calculated risk and smart strategy. In this game, it’s all about the luck of the dice roll because players score points based on what combinations (or attempted combinations) they roll. Score high and score often to claim victory! For 1 to 4 players.

At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is about so much more than food. It’s about spending time with family and friends – and scrounging for points, taking the lead and landing in the winners circle with everyone’s favorite family games. Gobble Gobble!

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