The highlight of our Thanksgiving dinner is undoubtedly the games and activities that we organize for the kids. There’s always a donut-eating-on-a-string competition between the cousins, a bucket full of water and apples for those who want to do some bobbing, and plenty of used pillowcases for a good old-fashioned sack race.
Our backyard ends up looking like a miniature version of a fall fair, as we also set up a long table with assorted pumpkins and paints for the younger kids who want to take something special home with them. This year we’re adding a round of Thanksgiving-inspired Mad Libs to the line-up, as it’s nice for the kids to have something to do inside the house as well. The older cousins can help the younger ones come up with their word list and then everyone can fill in the blanks of their story with their words before reading it aloud to the group.
I’m anticipating a lot of laughs with this activity, and have even considered getting the adults involved. Kids seem to love when older family members act silly, and I can’t think of anything more ridiculous than a make believe story that’s likely to include some of the people in attendance.
If you’re looking for something simple to keep the kids entertaining this holiday, here’s a printable copy of the game for your own use. If you do end up giving it a try, let us know how it went in the comments and feel free to share the crazy creations that came from your family’s stories.
Download the free SavvyMom Thanksgiving Mad Lib Printable
Download the free SavvyMom Thanksgiving Mad Lib Word List
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I’m not one for pumpkin pie, but one of my kids love it, so I always bake one for our Thanksgiving dinner. But because we are a group of 22, one pie isn’t nearly enough to feed everyone, so I actually prepare three different desserts for our holiday meal.
It sounds complicated and time consuming, but it really isn’t. The pie gets made the day before the dinner, and my son helps, so that’s easy enough. I usually have a cake of some sort—carrot always feels right for the season—which is baked about a week in advance and stored in the freezer until the morning of our dinner, at which point I remove it and smear a thick layer of icing over the frozen cake, leaving it to slowly thaw over the course of the day. (As an added bonus, cakes are actually easier to frost when they are frozen). And lastly, I like to include something with either apples or pears, because they are readily available, inexpensive at this time of year, and loved by everyone.
As soon as I spotted the Extra-Crispy Peach and Blueberry Crisp in Charmian Christie’s new book, The Messy Baker, I knew it was destined for my Thanksgiving dessert table as long as the fruit was swapped for something more seasonal. As you can see from the recipe, the ingredient list is short, the directions very simple, and the result is so tasty you’ll have a difficult time not devouring the filling and the topping before both make it into the oven.
I’m officially calling this the easiest dessert I’ll make this Thanksgiving, and if you’re looking for something simple to add to your meal, or to take to someone else’s house (this travels very well!), I encourage you to give this dish a try. You definitely won’t be disappointed.
Get the full printable recipe for Extra-Crispy Cardamom Pear and Cranberry Crisp.