If you want to plan a fun game that’ll get kids thinking this fall, here are some scavenger hunt ideas with 10 Thanksgiving riddles you can use, complete with a free printable worksheet with the riddles on.
It’s perfect for using with your family, as a classroom or homework activity for school or with a youth group.
Here’s how to play it:
- Riddles worksheet (see below)
The amount of preparation you need to do will depend on which of the ideas you choose that are listed below.
To play this game, the kids will need to answer the riddles that are clues to Thanksgiving-themed items.
There are a few ways to organize the scavenger hunt part of it – here are some ideas:
- With your own children – If you have all 10 items at home, hide them around the house. Give your kids the riddles one at a time – once they’ve worked out the answer, have them hunt for the item. When they’ve found it, give them the next riddle.
- At school – Give your students the worksheet and have them try to answer all the riddles. When they’ve worked out what each one is, they should find an image online for each answer and copy and paste it into a Word document. This could either be done in the classroom as part of a lesson or given as homework.
- Youth group – Split the young people into teams and give each team a copy of the Thanksgiving riddles. Explain that their task is to work out all the answers and then to collect all 10 items.
Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Riddles
Here are the 10 riddles mentioned above. Beneath this list is a link for a free printable worksheet containing the same riddles, making it easier for you to organize the scavenger hunt.
It is time for Thanksgiving
I don’t know if you’d heard
It’s also time to gobble
This very tasty bird
Managing to sail this ship
Across the ocean was awesome
The ship that the pilgrims sailed
Was named as though it might blossom
This normally grows in fields
It’s a grain from what I hear
It can be eaten piece by piece
Or straight from a long ear
The bigger it is
The more it feeds
This orange squash
Has lots of seeds
He’s best friends with a tinman
And a lion with giant paws
If you were to shake his hand
You’d be clutching at some straws
Black and white clothes and funny hats
Were what they wore when living
Way back in the 1600s
At the first Thanksgiving
You’ll eat this fruit with turkey
To help fill up your belly
It sometimes comes as a sauce
And sometimes it’s a jelly
An annual tradition
On every Thanksgiving Day
Is watching the great team sport
The Lions and Cowboys play
9. Candied Yams
This is a tasty side dish
Everyone will want to chow down
It’s made of sweet potatoes
Marshmallows and sugar that’s brown
You will need plenty of produce
To fill up this big food horn
Sweet potatoes, pumpkins and gourds
Apples, squashes and some corn