Keeping everyone entertained during the holidays can test your ingenuity. The solution? Find a variety of word games and puzzles to keep your family busy and mentally active.
The best activities are the ones that provide brain exercise as well as fun. Word games and puzzles help us learn new vocabulary and spelling, improve our memory, and develop our skills with writing and recognizing sentence patterns. They also keep us more focused and leave us more satisfied.
Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving activities and word games to get you started. Be sure to include games and puzzles that take each person's abilities into account. We all need a little time to shine!
Pencil and Paper Activities
How about a joke? Have you heard this one?
Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
A: Because he had the drumsticks.
Print out a list of jokes and riddles like these and keep the fun going around the table with jokes everyone will enjoy.
Gather around the table.
The old standbys never go out of style. Charades gives us a chance to write, read, and perform. In addition to movie, TV, or book titles, try adding expressions like "It's raining cats and dogs" or "The last one home is a rotten egg." Let everyone write possible phrases or titles and put them into a box to draw out.
Keep board games like Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, and Boggle handy and try a printable placemat that includes a maze, crossword, and word scrambles.
Online fun for Thanksgiving
Take a Thanksgiving trivia quiz for adults and kids to see who knows the most about Thanksgiving. You may surprise yourself!
A Thanksgiving Word Search. A timer makes this word search more challenging, but it's fun too.
Word Jumble. Click each letter to unscramble a Thanksgiving word, check your answer. This one offers a challenge at all levels.
Turkey Pardon. You're the turkey. To save yourself, solve these word puzzles. No clues are given; just start typing letters on the keyboard. Get a gobble for right choices. Fun for all.
Why not start some new traditions this year? Making word games and puzzles part of your family fun will bring holiday rewards for years to come.