Today I am sharing one of our family’s FAVORITE traditions, a Thanksgiving Turkey shoot. If you are looking for a fun idea to get your kids out of the house so you can finish cooking, THIS IS IT!!! I am pretty sure my kiddos love our annual turkey shoot even more than they do the meal, if you can believe it!
Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
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Well over 10 years ago my girlfriend Sarah shared that her family does a turkey shoot on Thanksgiving day. This idea sounded like so much fun that we have been continuing the tradition ever since. Before you get worried… No turkeys are harmed in this turkey shoot!
We were really fortunate to find a REAL decoy turkey this summer at an Amish thrift store in Ohio. I am pretty sure everyone shopping in the store that day was wondering why a nine year old girl and her mom were SO excited to find a giant plastic turkey!!!
In past years, I would go to the dollar store and find a bunch of turkey centerpieces or turkey window posters… The kind that I probably never put on my table or on my window, Ha! We usually have about 7 or 8 turkey stations.
One year Jason hung a turkey on his back and rode the tractor around our yard with my mom chasing after him with a bow and and arrow. My brothers, sisters and I haven’t laughed that much in a long time! My sister still has a video of it but I am pretty sure my mom would kill me if I posted that on the blog !!!
While the bird is cooking in the oven the kids and adults use their Nerf bow and arrows and nerf guns to shoot the turkeys. The person with the most turkeys shot gets to pick the first prize from a bunch of dollar store or candy prizes.
We usually keep score on a kids chalkboard. It really is fun!!!
It also gives the kids something to look forward to and keeps them busy while they are waiting on Thanksgiving dinner.
In years of bad weather we bring the turkey shoot inside. Despite the bad weather the kids still have a blast! Although, between you and I…. it is much easier when the turkey shoot is outside!
I hope this inspires you to start a turkey shoot with your family! Do you have any thanksgiving traditions to share? I would love to hear your ideas!!!
For even more Thanksgiving ideas check out these from Lehman lane…