Thanksgiving Turkey Trot:
Get one resident and one family or staff member per team.Then they
get the resident and go through an obstacle course.
I have always done this in a patio/courtyard area with alot
Basically all you do is set up an obstacle course and have your
teams take turns going through
the course holding onto a frozen
turkey(or stuffed animal turkey),they go through the course and the
that has the best time wins!
One example of a Turkey Trot Obstacle Course:
Have residents start at
the starting line,then say go(start the
clock)then the first thing they do is go in and out of a bunch of
plants or cones,then they have to pick up a flag,then they
have to go under a stick(broom,whatever)then they have
to knock over
something(soda cans,milk cartons)then they go through one more set
of cones and at the
end they take their turkey and toss it into a
The team with the best time wins!Give small prizes
to everyone that
Go to the 99 cent store or Dollar Tree store and pick up some small
get plastic fruits and some walnuts and
other items to fill the cornacopias up with.
Then you will
put the items all over your facility and give the
participants clues on where to find the items at in your facility.
will start by holding their cornacopia baskets and the first
clue on where to find the first item,when they find
item,it will have the clue to find the second item and so on, the
first one to fill there
Thanksgiving Feast Scavenger Hunt:
is fun for groups of two-four.
Give each group a large piece of paper(draw a large "table" on each
sticks,and about 10 magazines each.
The object of this game is to set the table for a huge Thanksgiving
team will get a list of Thanksgiving Feast items to find,cut
out and paste onto the table(the piece of paper).
of stuff to look for in the magazines:
Give the team a time limit,usually 15 minutes is good.
At the end of the time limit,the team
with the most items from the
list cut out of the magazines and pasted on their "Table" wins!
Give each participate a paper turkey( a drawing of a turkey) and
items to "dress" the turkey with.
"dress" their turkey then have a satff member or
Dept.Head come in and pick the "Best Dressed " Turkey.
the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun
and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning
and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that
hope and affection have brought --
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of
plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the
Thanksgiving Word search:
Look for the words,they are all horizontal.
T U R K E Y F O G H S J D E
R O L L S B S I M O H K H M
G R A V Y O N U C O R N I T
P U D S G T O J H D S W I F
B L E S S I N G S L J S I T E
P I E V C F R Y A S U C F T
I N D I A N S I Y M D S B O Y
P I L G R I M S Y F D M G E
S T U F F I N G I L C B N H S
C R A N B E R R Y S A U C E
D I N N E R T I M E D F C U I
Fall Word Game:
"What am I"
I am full of seeds-
A candle is placed in me-
My face is made to be scary sometimes-
answer- A Pumpkin
Fall is my season-
I come in many colors-
My floral name is hard to spell-
In the summertime I'm all dressed up-
I'm lonely in the fall-
The crows are afraid of me-
I have two legs-
My least favorite time of year is Thanksgiving-
Stuffed and dressed, I'm mouthwatering-
answer- A Turkey
I was green but now I'm colored-
Trees look bare without me-
I love nuts-
I'm a real chatterer-
My cheeks are great for storage-
answer- A Squirrel
I am a type of berry-
I am always paired with a Turkey Dinner-
My other name is Horn of plenty-
I can hold harvest samples-
I am a symbol of Thansgiving-
Turkeys are domestic (farm) birds that were originally bred from wild turkeys (Meleagris
gallopo). The adult female turkey is called a hen, the adult male is called a tom, and the young are called
poults. A group of turkeys is called a rafter. Over 300,000,000 turkeys are raised in the USA each year.
Anatomy: The tom turkey is larger and more brightly colored than the hen. Toms grow to be up to about 30 pounds
(13.5 kg). Turkey eggs are tan with brown spots; they are a little bigger than chicken eggs. Poults are brown.
Diet: Turkeys have a varied diet. They eat insects, worms, fruit, seeds, acorns, grains, slugs, snails, and many
other foods. They have a well-developed gizzard (a part of the stomach that contains tiny stones) that grinds up their
Predators: Many animals prey upon turkeys, including skunks,owls, hawks, bobcats, and snakes.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been
filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that
we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that
they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of
Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States
to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws
have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that
theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength
from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe
has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded
even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the
camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted
to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand
worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our
sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and
gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every
part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to
set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who
dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular
deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to
His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we
are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and
to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand
and caused the Seal of the United
States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
What you need:
- Apples or small pumpkins
- Tea candles
- Utility knife
- Lemon juice
What you do:
- If you are going to place the apple votives in the water check how they float first.
Do this by filling the pot you'll be putting them in and marking with a dot the side that stays up above the water.
- Place a tea candle over the dot you have made in #1 and trace around its circumference
with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea candle is tall.
- Set aside the candle, and cut the circle into sections and scoop out using the spoon.
Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown, and insert a tea candle.
Here's how you make
your Holiday Bean Soup Gift Jar:
Holiday Bean Soup Mix
click on the picture above to see a FULL size picture of the tag along with preparation instructions, which you can print out.
Here's what you need:
- 1 pound dried black beans
- 1 pound dried red beans
- 1 pound dried kidney beans
- 1 pound dried navy beans
- 1 pound dried great northern beans
- 1 pound dried baby lima beans
- 1 pound dried large lima beans
- 1 pound dried pinto beans
- 1 pound dried green split peas
- 1 pound dried yellow split peas
- 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
- 1 pound dried green lentils
- 1 pound dried brown lentils
What to do:
- Combine all of the beans in a very large bowl.
- Pour two cups of the bean mixture into pretty jars ( 16-oz.) jars- these jars should hold two
cups of bean mix.
- Give with the following recipe for holiday bean soup. You could also layer the beans in the jar
for prettier effect. Just put a little of each of the beans in until you fill it to the top.
- Print out the tag and attach it to the jar.
It is an attractive label as well as the preparation instructions for the recipe.