The Bowl Game | a Thanksgiving Game for Kids

The Bowl Game | a Thanksgiving Game for Kids the Native Americans once played and may have taught to the PilgrimsThe Bowl Game – a Thanksgiving game for kids.

Because we are studying early American history this year the boys are especially interested in Thanksgiving. We started this summer by canning some muscadine grapes we picked from the vine – a hopeful recipe that should yield us grape juice for our Thanksgiving dinner. Canned Muscadine Juice

I searched through the archives here for instructions on the bowl game – something we have played around Thanksgiving for a few years. The instructions were kind of hidden amongst a bigger post so I wanted to take a moment to put them in their own post. This is a fun and simple game that requires very little supplies.

I found this game in one of our books on Thanksgiving. The book mentions that this is a game played by Native American Indians and they may have taught the Pilgrims how to play.

You need six almonds, each one with one side marked with an “X”, a bowl and a collection of toothpicks.

Players sit in a circle and take turns tossing the almonds in the bowl and counting how many X’s are showing.
The amount of X’s showing is the amount of toothpicks you then take.

The Bowl Game | a Thanksgiving Game for Kids the Native Americans once played and may have taught to the PilgrimsAt the end of the predetermined amount of turns the winner is the person with the most toothpicks.

Beans or seeds would also work in place of the almonds. And as you can see, we used more than just 6 almonds.

{originally appeared in my collective post of Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids}

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Jessica Lynette