thanksgiving brain teasers

Can You Solve These Thanksgiving Brain Teasers?

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude to your loved ones for the many blessings in your life.

Thanksgiving is a time to express gratitude to your loved ones for the many blessings in your life. One thing that might not get enough attention is laughter within your home. Laughing together is a great way to bond and create memories with your friends and family—plus it doesn’t hurt to be the one initiating the laughter. And you can do that using Thanksgiving brain teasers.

Get ready for some laughs at your table. Everyone loves a dad joke and a good riddle. But this holiday season, spice up your routine by tossing in some of these Thanksgiving brain teasers. We’ve got you covered with 20 good ones.

1. My fares were the Pilgrims’ as from England I did set sail. Though the journey was harsh, my passengers I did not fail. What am I?

2. Why did the turkey cross the road?

3. If it took three people four hours to roast a turkey, how many hours would it take four people to roast the same turkey?

4. At Thanksgiving dinner, which hand should you use to butter your roll?

5. What kind of key has legs but can’t open a door?

6. I can be hot or cold. I can be made with fruit, vegetable, or meat. But any way you see it, on a Thanksgiving table, I will be a treat. What am I?

7. I have ears but I cannot hear and I have flakes but I have no hair. What am I?

8. When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?

9. What do you get when you cross a turkey with a centipede?

10. What smells the best on Thanksgiving?

11. Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?

12. Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?

13. I am a 12-letter word, a compound word, and people celebrate me in the fall. What am I?

14. If you feel scared on Halloween and jolly on Christmas, how do you feel on Thanksgiving?

15. If a tur-key has a key, and a don-key also has a key, what would you expect a monkey to have?

16. You reap what you sow because of me. Remove the first three letters and I become an object you can wear. What am I?

17. What sound does a limping turkey make?

18. What’s blue and covered with feathers?

19. What’s the best thing to put into a pumpkin pie?

20. What did the pumpkin say to the turkey on Thanksgiving?


1. The Mayflower

2. To prove he wasn’t chicken

3. Zero—the turkey is already cooked.

4. Neither—you should use a knife.

5. A turKEY

6. A pie

7. Corn

8. On their feet

9. Lots of drumsticks

10. Your nose

11. Yes—a building can’t jump at all.

12. The outside

13. Thanksgiving

14. Stuffed

15. A banana

16. Harvest

17. Wobble, wobble

18. A turkey holding its breath

19. Your teeth

20. You’re lucky you’re only eaten on one holiday! This is my second one in a month!

Earn some points: Are you married? If so, share some of these Thanksgiving ideas from iMOM with your wife: Thanksgiving Activities for the Whole Family and Thanksgiving Riddles for Kids. There are also more Fall Riddles and Jokes for Kids too!

Sound off: What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving brain teasers?

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?”