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November 2018

3 Thanksgiving-Themed Icebreakers You Can Use Today

By Jeremy Steele

IT’s getting close to turkey day, and that means you might need a thanksgiving-themes icebreaker or two. Never fear! We have your back!

Steal the Turkey Leg

First, buy a 24″ inflatable turkey leg. Then, use this turkey take on the classic youth group game “Steal the Bacon.”

  • Split your group in half and have them stand in two straight lines facing each other.
  • Give students in each line a number starting with 1. (That means there will be two people with “1” two people with “2” and so on.)
  • Put the Turkey Leg in between the lines.
  • Call out one of the numbers.
  • Each person with the number attempts to grab the turkey leg and return to their spot without being tagged. If they accomplish this feat, their team (line) gets a point. If they get tagged, the other team gets a point.

Thankful Bible Searching:

Make sure you have several students with access to a searchable Bible app, and break them into teams to answer these questions. Once everyone is done, have each team report back and vote as a group on which team’s answer was best.

  • What is the strangest thing that someone gave thanks for in the Bible?
  • What is the most loving thank-you offered in the Bible?
  • What is something that someone has given thanks for in the Bible that you would not be thankful for?

You Ate What? A Thanksgiving Feast Questionnaire

Pair students up and ask them to answer these questions. Once they are finished interviewing each other, ask them to share the highlights with the group.

  • What is the strangest casserole you’ve ever eaten?
  • What is the most unique thing you’ve ever added to a turkey sandwich?
  • What is your lest favorite type of pie?
  • What is a family tradition around thanksgiving you wish wasn’t a tradition?
  • What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to eat on thanksgiving?
  • Do you keep everything separate on your plate, allow it to touch, or stir it al together?
  • What is the strangest thanksgiving tradition you have ever heard of from your friends or family?
  • How long do you consider leftover turkey ok to eat?
  • What is your favorite way to consume leftover turkey?
  • Gravy or no gravy? If gravy, what kind?
  • Cranberry sauce should: be sliced from the can, mashed up in a bowl, cooked with real cranberries.

When he's not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy is the associate pastor at Los Altos UMC in Los Altos, CA. Jeremy has spent over twenty years working in youth and children's ministry and continues to train children and youth workers as well as writing and speaking extensively in that field. His most recent book is the "All the Best Questions." You can find a list of all his books, articles, and resources for churches at JeremyWords.com.