This Thanksgiving play a game we all know and love - Simon Says, but this time it's with a Thanksgiving twist - Turkey Says! It's time to gobble like a turkey, pretend to jump in a pile of leaves, shake like jelly, move in slow motion, say what are you grateful for and more. But remember you should only listen to Tom the Turkey!
A game of Turkey Says help young kids develop some key skills. As well as being fun it helps to develop body awareness, a better understand of following instructions, impulse control and sportsmanship. It's also really easy to play. Let us remind you of the rules.
How to play Turkey Says - a Simon Says Game.
Choose a player to be Tom the Turkey and give them the bowl, or bag, for drawing the cards. All other players should gather in a circle.
Tom the Turkey should draw a card one at a time from the bowl, reading the command aloud to the group. For the most fun and to add some confusion, cards are best when read in quick succession. Players must only obey the command when it starts with the phrase ‘Tom the Turkey says’.
If you follow a command that doesn’t begin with ‘Tom the Turkey says’ you are out of the game.
Be careful - there are some cards where other characters may give you instructions! You should only listen to Tom the Turkey!
The last player standing wins!
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Example Turkey Says Cards
- Gobble like a turkey
- Pretend to eat bird food
- Say what you are grateful for
- Pretend to throw a football
- Spell turkey backwards
- Pretend you are lost in a corn maze
- Give someone a blessing
- Run like a turkey
- Pretend to peel potatoes
- Move in slow motion
- Pretend to be a leaf falling from a tree