Friendsgiving for Teens

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Help your kids host a Friendsgiving for Teens pie night with games and activities that will sure to bring laughter and fun.

Friendsgiving Pie Night

I’m a big fan of gathering people, and I love helping my teens host gatherings as well. I thought it would be fun to encourage my teens to host a Pie Night, and have everyone bring a favorite pie to share. I tried to find some activities that said “friendsgiving” with a fall/thanksgiving feel to it, but not sure it ended up that way.

Friendsgiving Games

I looked online to find some fall charade ideas, and a lot of them felt very kid related. I was introduced a fun new way to play charades from one of the teens at the gathering that I’ll share below.

But first, print off the fall charades page and cut up the pieces and put them into a bowl.

A few samples of fall charades are:

  • pumpking carving
  • raking leaves
  • bobbing for apples
  • going for a hike
  • putting on a sweater

Charades

Along with the fall charades, the kids wanted to each add in their own personal suggestions for charades. They each wrote on a small piece of paper a word or phrase that went into the bowl of prompts. This made it personal and pretty funny. The more specific,the better. A few of these personalized charade prompts were:

  • Movie titles
  • Celebrities
  • Inside jokes
  • Objects
  • Actions

There was a group of 20 kids at our gathering, and with 20 fall charades, the bowl had about 40 slips of paper prompts total. 3 Step charades was new to me and I REALLY liked it! What I loved is that it helped lengthen the amount of time the game was played.

3 step charades:

  1. Only Words – Use only words to describe prompt (no gestures)
  2. Gestures – Use only gestures, not words to describe
  3. One Word – Use only ONE WORD to describe prompt

The same 40 prompts were used for all 3 rounds, so though the third round is much harder with just ONE WORD, because they had had that prompt the previous 2 rounds, it was more do-able. It made the experience so fun and funny to watch.

I took score for the 2 teams (boys vs. girls) on a white board, and they could have one “pass” per person.

Watch this video for a sampling of how the 3 step charades works:

Video Scavenger Hunt for Teens

I was really hoping to make the video scavenger hunt Thanksgiving themed, but that proved to be tricky. What was also challenging is that I didn’t want the kids driving anywhere, so we had to think of things that were close to our homes, so they could go out and come back

My husband helped me come up with a list of 10 things to do on the scavenger hunt that mostly anyone could do anywhere in a standard neighborhood.

You can copy and paste this list in a document and alter as needed. We just printed 3 to a page, cut them up and handed them out to the 4 teams.

Video scavenger hunt rules:

  • Come up with a team name
  • Use to phone camera per team
  • Shoot in landscape (horizontal) mode
  • Rotate who is the videographer
  • Use the flashlight feature
  • 30 minute timer
  • Stay in our neighborhood (block, give parameters)

Video Scavenger Hunt Prompts

  1. Each team member “leap frog” a fire hydrant
  2. Jump in a puddle, making a SPLASH
  3. Dance “the whoa” (or current dance move) at a crosswalk with lines on the ground
  4. Slide down the neighborhood slide in a train
  5. Make a 3 person pyramid next to a car parked on the street.
  6. Sing the National Anthem next to an American flag
  7. Spell STOP in motions in front of a stop sign.
  8. Fake cry by a Weeping Willow tree (we have two near our home).
  9. Walk down the center of the street like a model on the runway.
  10. Take a picture with a dog out on a walk with their master.

It was fun to see how this was all interpreted by the group. We had some technical difficulties with our TV, and we ended up putting the videos on YouTube and laughed as we viewed altogether.

Besides the two games, that each lasted a solid hour, there was conversation, pie eating, and an all around good time.

I had out the “I don’t want to eat the turkey” song for people to look at, and a handful of them sang it as well.

Teen Friendsgiving

 

Get more fun ideas for teens over on my Instagram account, Kristen Duke Chats.