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Did you know the first Thanksgiving lasted 3 whole days? Yep! Can you imagine how much more of a big deal Thanksgiving would be if we took 3 days to celebrate it? Taking off from work, making all of that extra food, visiting with even more family and friends. Even though I love Thanksgiving, I’m ok with it just being one day. Have fun during dinner testing your Thanksgiving knowledge with our Thanksgiving Trivia Questions and Answers printables. See how much your family & friends know (or don’t know)!
Start a Thanksgiving Tradition with Trivia
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions? I’ve got a soft spot for traditions. My family always loves to go around the table on Thanksgiving and speak to what they are thankful for. Maybe your tradition is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (I love all the balloons!) or baking pumpkin pies with your Mom. Create a new family tradition of your own with our Thanksgiving Trivia Questions and Answers printable. Hand these quiz questions out and see who knows the most Thanksgiving history.
Did you know that in 1939 President Roosevelt permanently moved Thanksgiving from the last week of November to the second to last Thursday? He did this to improve the economy and give people more time to shop for Christmas. Check out our other Thanksgiving Fun Facts with our 2 free Thanksgiving Trivia printables!
We have 2 Thanksgiving Trivia printables to share
1. Thanksgiving Trivia Questions and Answers Printable
This sheet is an 8.5″x11″ (letter size) PDF that can be printed out and passed around at dinner time.
What are the Thanksgiving Trivia Questions and Answers?
First, we will go through the list of questions on our Thanksgiving Trivia Questions worksheet. This printable is a great item to pass around the dinner table and take as a pop Thanksgiving quiz! This first printable consists of 10 questions.
1. Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving feast. True or False.
2. What year was the first Thanksgiving celebrated? 1621
3. How long did the first Thanksgiving last? 3 days
4. How many women were present at the first Thanksgiving? 3
5. What does the average size turkey weigh? 15 pounds
6. A female turkey is called a gobbler. True or False.
7. What is the day after Thanksgiving called? Black Friday
8. At the first Thanksgiving which utensil was missing? The fork
9. What is the 2nd most consumed food on Thanksgiving? Mashed potatoes
10. Which Native American tribe was at the first Thanksgiving? Wampanoag
How do you play the trivia game?
Print and pass out with a few mini pencils and have everyone take a couple minutes to answer the questions.
Have the organizer read each question aloud, one at a time, while everyone at the table shares the answers they chose.
Have the organizer share the correct answer and have everyone mark their sheets.
The person with the most correct answers wins!
2. Thanksgiving Trivia Cards
Do you want more Thanksgiving Trivia and fun facts?
Do you want to learn more Thanksgiving trivia to pass around the table during dinner time? We have another printable for you that consists of more Thanksgiving facts!
I like to cut these out and lay them around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Throughout dinner, people glance at them or pick them up and read a fact out loud.
It’s a fun laid back game to keep everyone engaged while eating Thanksgiving dinner.
What was the heaviest turkey ever recorded? 86 pounds, named Tyson
What was the first video game character in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Sonic the Hedgehog
What is the skin that hangs off a turkey’s beak called? A snood
Who wanted the turkey to be the national bird? Benjamin Franklin
What Native American was honored at the first Thanksgiving? Squanto, interpreter & guide to the new settlers
What year was “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” made? 1973
What does the word “cornucopia” mean? “horn of plenty” in Latin
What color are turkey eggs? Tan
When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? 1924
Who is Sarah Josepha Hale and how is she related to Thanksgiving? Hale was known as the “Godmother of Thanksgiving.” She campaigned for years for Thanksgiving to become a national holiday.
What Christmas song was originally a Thanksgiving song? Jingle Bells
When does Canada celebrate Thanksgiving? The second Monday in October
What is a male turkey called? A tom or a gobbler
What is a juvenile (in his first year) male turkey called? A jake
What is a female turkey called? A hen
What is a juvenile (in her first year) female turkey called? A jenny
What is the most consumed kind of pie on Thanksgiving (50 million of these are consumed)? Pumpkin pie
True or False: Turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving? False
What is Korean Thanksgiving Day called? Chuseok
Who was the first U.S. president to pardon a turkey? John F. Kennedy
Which U.S. President proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863? Abraham Lincoln
How many calories are consumed by the average person on Thanksgiving? About 4,500
How many miles does the Macy’s Day Parade consist of? 2.5 miles
How many turkeys are consumed in the US on Thanksgiving? Around 46 million
Where did the first Thanksgiving take place? Plymouth, Massachusetts
How many pounds of turkey do Americans eat every Thanksgiving? About 704 million pounds
A “furcula” is what part of the turkey? The wishbone
What is an older name for the wishbone? A merrythought
How fast can a turkey run? 25 mph
The tradition of watching football on Thanksgiving began in what year? 1876.
Which president refused to recognize Thanksgiving? Thomas Jefferson
When were cranberries first canned? 1912 by Marcus Urann
What company created the first TV dinner resulting from an overestimated demand of turkeys? Swanson & Sons
True or False: Turkeys can’t fly. False.
How fast can a turkey fly? 55 mph
What bird or birds was served at the first Thanksgiving? Goose and duck
How many eggs does a turkey lay per year? Up to 100 eggs
How many English settlers were at the first Thanksgiving? Around 50
How many Wampanoag Native Americans were at the first Thanksgiving? Around 90
True or False: Seafood was eaten at the first Thanksgiving. True: fish, eel, shellfish (such as lobster and mussels).
What “side dishes” were eaten at the First Thanksgiving? Peas, beans, squash, corn, cabbage, carrots were likely eaten.
What do turkeys eat? Grasshoppers, crickets, ants, earthworms, spiders, slugs and even salamanders.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, what is the fastest someone has carved a turkey? 3 minutes and 19.47 seconds
How heavy was the largest pumpkin ever recorded? 3,6999 pounds
When did “Black Friday” get its nickname? 1951, in the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance
What year was “Cyber Monday” coined? 2005
Who appears at the end of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Santa Claus
True or False. A sweet potato isn’t an actual potato. True, it falls in the morning glory group (swollen roots)
What year was Thanksgiving made a federal and legal holiday? 1941
True or False: Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled holiday of the year? True
Our trivia is family-friendly fun and great for kids too. Everyone can join in on the Thanksgiving trivia and learn some fun facts while indulging in all the gratitude and deliciousness that comes with the holidays.
What is included in the Thanksgiving Trivia Download
The Thanksgiving Trivia download includes 3 pages:
Format: Pages are 8.5″x11″. What that means is they will print perfectly on a letter size piece of paper. The printables are meant to be printed vertically.
The file downloaded is a PDF file and all PDFs are in 300 resolution (no grainy pixels here!)
Below is what will be included in your free download. Please see toward the bottom of the page for actual download instructions. If you attempt to save the teeny tiny images below, they will not print out well. To get the free printable in high resolution, fill out the form toward the bottom of the page and let the Thanksgiving Trivia fun begin!
Materials Needed for the Thanksgiving Trivia Game
You don’t need much for these Thanksgiving printables
Print out the Thanksgiving Trivia printables (and make copies if passing around the table).
If passing the Trivia Multiple Choice Sheet around the dinner table, grab some mini pencils people can use to fill out the questionnaire.
I recommend laminating the Thanksgiving Trivia Cards. Laminating gives this fun holiday game a bit more permanence. I laminated the 2 card sheets and cut the cards out and now I have a 50 count deck of trivia cards that I can easily pass around the dinner table without worrying if they’ll get ripped or grease stained!
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More Thanksgiving Printables
Are there little kiddos at the dinner table? Let them join in on the celebrating and print out out a few Turkey Color By Number worksheets Keep those little ones busy while the adults play some fun trivia!
Teach your children to be Thankful with our Thankful Turkey Craft. Have your children write down what they are thankful for on each turkey wing. Hang it up as a Thanksgiving decoration to help everyone remember to count their blessings.
Download the Thanksgiving Trivia Printables
This is the part you are probably looking for. Grab this free Thanksgiving game pdf and have fun playing trivia with your family and friends this Thanksgiving
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