Whip up some Thanksgiving fun for the whole family by going beyond TV football and cornucopia crafts. While you're waiting for your turkey to come out of the oven, or in the lull between the bread stuffing and the pumpkin pie, burn some calories with these kid-friendly physical activities that are easily adaptable for toddlers, teens, and seniors too.
1. Run a turkey trot.
Sign up for a local turkey trot fun run—most have kids' divisions so you can make it a family affair. Active.com has a good search engine to help you find a race near you.
2. Play flag football.
This backyard game is a Turkey day classic. Or, try football team tag: To avoid getting tagged out, call out the name of an NFL team before "it" touches you (college teams would work too).
3. Take a walk or hike.
4. Sample the local flavor.If you've traveled away from home for the holiday weekend, check out favorite local activities while you're in town: Ice skating? Bowling? Golf? If you're at home, take advantage of time off work and school and fit in some fun fall fitness.
5. Adapt classic games for Thanksgiving fun.Turn "duck duck goose" into "chicken chicken turkey" or try "Tom Turkey Says" instead of "Simon Says."
6. Play a party game.If you have a group of kids doing laps around the house or yard, channel their energy into an indoor or outdoor party game.
7. Find the turkeys.
Hide turkeys—made of paper, or small stuffed toys—in the house or yard and turn kids loose to find them all.