4 Free Printable Thanksgiving Scattergories Fun For All

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If you’re on the lookout for engaging Thanksgiving activities for kids, you’ll absolutely love our free printable Thanksgiving scattergories game.

With themed boards like Fall, Corn, Give, and Leaf, it’s a perfect party game that the whole family can enjoy.

It’s a fantastic way to add some excitement to the waiting time before the Thanksgiving dinner, making it a double celebration filled with fun and laughter. Let’s make this year’s Thanksgiving even more memorable with this entertaining game!

thanksgiving scattergories free printable game

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Scattergories to play on Thanksgiving

These free scattergories are free to print but are for personal or classroom use only. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get the pdf file.

We don’t tend to follow the rules when we play any games, so we don’t set a timer for this. We just print them out and play! But if you were doing it properly you would set a 2-minute timer.

Print out the same game sheet for as many people as you have got at the table. Make sure everyone has a pen and you are ready to play.

These will print out on one sheet of paper for each word, so there is enough room for the kids to write on. They print best on white cardstock.

thanksgiving scattergories free

The category list for this free printable game are:

  • Something thankful for
  • Fall Activity
  • Thanksgiving food
  • Something orange
  • Thanksgiving tradition
  • Favorite movies set in fall.

The letters of the alphabet you will use are:

  • LEAF
  • GIVE
  • FALL
  • CORN

The aim of the game is to find unique Thanksgiving words to add to the scattergories game card. The reason they have to be unique is that if someone else has the word neither of you gets any points.

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How do you play scattergories?

Playing printable Scattergories is a fun and engaging word game that challenges players to come up with creative words within specific categories and starting letters. Here’s how to play:

Players look at the selected letter and the list of categories on their Scattergories sheet.

They must quickly think of a word that starts with the chosen letter for each category. For example, if the letter is “S” and a category is animal, players might write squirrel.

After the timer runs out (or whenever you can’t think of any more!) Players take turns sharing their answers for each category.

thanksgiving scattergory board

Players score points for unique answers that no one else has. If multiple players have the same word, no points are awarded for that word.

Each player reads their answers, and if other players agree that an answer is valid, it’s counted as a point. If there’s a dispute, the group can decide together whether the answer is acceptable.

At the end of each round, players tally their points based on their unique and valid answers.

Repeat the process for several rounds, using different letters each time.

The player with the most points at the end of all the rounds is the winner.

thanksgiving scattergories board

This is a great way to play Scattergories if you don’t have the classic scattergories game. But I highly recommend getting the original as it’s awesome!

As a side note. As it is nearly Thanksgiving make sure you keep checking our homeschool Black Friday deals post. This will be updated as soon as we spot any new deals! 

You can also enjoy our free fall scattergories.

Additional Thanksgiving games for the family

Add even more games to your Thanksgiving festivities with these fun games:

Have fun with all of the best Thanksgiving word games.

Other fall scattergory boards

Discover the excitement of holiday Scattergories! From Halloween spookiness to cozy winter moments and festive Christmas cheer. These game variations bring fun to the changing seasons.

Let’s explore the world of Scattergories with a seasonal twist!

Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the Thanksgiving Scattergories free printable

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 25 November 2023 by Clare

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