This M&M Gratitude Game for Thanksgiving is one of our family’s favorite traditions! I love that it’s easy and doesn’t require a detailed supply list. Simply print our free printable and grab some M&Ms at the store and that’s it! However, the thing I love the most about this Thanksgiving activity is that it causes our children (young and old!) to pause and TRULY reflect on what they are grateful for. This is actually a game that our entire family loves to do after Thanksgiving dinner! Here’s how to do the activity!
How to Do the M&M Gratitude Game for Thanksgiving
Like I mentioned above, the only thing you need for the M&M Gratitude Game are M&Ms and our free printable! Download the free printable HERE. It prints two to a page. Also, I think it works best to hand out individual fun size bags of M&Ms, but depending on who you’re doing the game with, you might be able to pour some in a bowl! I found THIS bulk order of M&M bags on Amazon that will save you money!
First, plan ahead and get an estimate of the number of people who will be playing the game. That way, you’ll have enough Thanksgiving Gratitude Game papers printed. Next, when it’s time for the family to gather and play the game, hand out individual bags of M&Ms.
What kind of M&Ms do I get for the Thanksgiving Gratitude Game?
Be sure to buy the original M&Ms in the regular colors. If you buy the Thanksgiving M&Ms, the game won’t work because the colors of the M&MS won’t match up with what is printed on the paper.
Instructions for the M&M Gratitude Game
After passing out the papers and M&Ms, everyone is supposed to count how many of each color they have. They’ll have to think up things they are grateful for according to the colors of M&Ms that they have. For example, if someone has two red M&Ms, they’ll name two people in their life that they are grateful for, and so on!
What are different ways to play the M&M Gratitude Game?
You can either have one person say ALL of their things they are thankful for before moving on to the next person, but I think it’s more fun to have a person say one thing and keep going around the room. That way, you don’t have to talk for quite so long at a time!
Is this also called the M&M Thankful Game?
Yes! Different people call the game different things. But the M&M Gratitude Game and the M&M Thankful Game are each the same game. I think being thankful for something is pretty much the same as having gratitude, don’t you?
More Thanksgiving Games and Activities
- Family Gratitude Pumpkin Idea – This is one of the most meaningful Thanksgiving activities that our family has ever done!! Looking back on it makes my heart so happy!
- DIY Thankful Tree – I love that this doubles as a centerpiece for your dinner table, too!
- Easy Crafts and Thanksgiving Activities for Kids -This is a HUGE list of soooo many activity ideas for Thanksgiving!