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How to Play: Free the Fowl

Free the fowl! Credit: Getty Images What you need: An empty soft drink can, chalk. How to play: In this variation of Kick the Can, one player is "it" and he or she must keep the empty can, which is called Tom, inside a...All you need is an empty soft drink can, chalk.

How to Play: Chopsticks Pass-Along

Use chopsticks to pass items. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of children, sets of chopsticks, unshelled walnuts, acorns, cranberries, peas and small plates.
How to play: Give each child a set of chopsticks, an unshelled...
For this game you need a group of children, sets of chopsticks, unshelled walnuts, acorns, cranberries, peas and small plates.

How to Play: Pumpkin Bowling

Get rolling! Credit: Julie Larsen Maher, AP
What you need: One pumpkin and 10 1- or 2-liter empty plastic bottles. How to play: Set the plastic bottles up into a triangle. Players take turns rolling the pumpkin into the "pins." The rules:...
Pumpkins aren't just for pies -- you can bowl with them, too!

How to Play: Name That Turkey Tune

Can you guess that tune? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need for this game are players. How to play: Players take turns singing songs, but they must replace all of the lyrics with "gobble." Other players have to guess what song...
Can you guess that tune?

How to Play: Deer and Hunter

Will you catch the deer? Credit: Matt Rourke, AP
What you need: All you need is a group of kids. How to play: Players stand in a circle holding hands. One person is selected to be the deer, and he or she goes through the circle, ducking under...
Will you catch the deer?

How to Play: Turkey Trot

Will you cross the finish line first? Credit: Corbis
What you need: A group of kids and enough turkey mascots for each pair, which can be easily made by taping a construction-paper turkey head onto a football. How to play: Determine starting...
Will you cross the finish line first?

How to Play: Apple Paring Game

Can you peel the longest piece of skin? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Apples, potato peelers and paring knives.
How to play: The adults get the paring knives, and the kids get the potato peelers. Everyone tries to get the longest...
This game is very a-peel-ing.

How to Play: Pumpkin Roll

Push your pumpkin! Credit: Johannes Eisele, AFP / Getty Images
What you need: At least two players, two pumpkins and two sturdy brooms. How to play: Determine starting and finishing lines. Set two pumpkins on their sides at the starting line...
The first player to get his or her pumpkin across the finish line wins!

How to Play: Where Did the Turkey Lay Its Egg?

Where are the turkey eggs? Credit: Thony Belizaire, AFP/Getty Images
What you need: A hard-boiled egg. How to play: In this variation of Hot and Cold, one player is chosen to be "it" and must leave the room while another player hides the...
In this variation of Hot and Cold, the goal is to find the hidden egg.

How to Play: Cross the Sea

Guide the Mayflower to the New World in this Thanksgiving game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of children and a blindfold. How to play: Pick one person to represent the New World, and have him or her stand in a chair on one side of...
Guide the Mayflower to the New World in this Thanksgiving game.

How to Play: Fox and Rabbit

Run, rabbit, run! Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two blindfolds. How to play: Players get into a circle with about an arm's length of space between one another. Pick one player to be the fox and one player to be the rabbit. Bring them...

How to Play: Wall Football

Field goal! Credit: compujeramey, Flickr
What you need: For this variation of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, you need white poster board, brown card stock, a white opaque paint marker, poster tacks and a blindfold. How to play: For the game...

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