Thank you so much Sarah Andrews! Sarah leads Zion Lutheran Youth Group in Farmington, New Mexico. We love, love, love to see youth leaders sharing. You can share your game favorites here. I take your ideas or favorites and create a graphic for it that you can use in programming, link to your site if you like, and spread the Stash to our community. Please share more!

Sarah wrote this in her submission…

Turkey bowling
We did this in college once, and I also led it last year with my youth group. It’s good for around the holidays.

You will need: one frozen turkey (smaller is probably better) per lane, one set of bowling pins per lane (kiddie pins are fine), enough tarps or plastic drop clothes to cover the floor (unless you do this outside) plus duct tape to keep it down, plastic or latex gloves for participants, grocery bags to cover the feet of all participants (if playing indoors so that participants can remove bags to step off of the covered area cleanly, i.e. potty breaks), and a couple cans of Crisco lard.

Volunteers are needed to keep score (provide score sheets) and set the pins up after each frame.
Set up: Cover the floor for enough space for bowling lane(s) and a standing/sitting area behind so participants can keep the Crisco mess on the tarp/drop clothes. Set up your lanes and pins. Rub Crisco over the lanes (participants can help) and some on the frozen turkeys. Warn participants that the floor will be slippery.

Play! Bowl as usual, but using the turkeys!

Clean up means throwing away all the gloves, plastic drop clothes, and grocery bags, then cleaning off the bowling pins and tarps, probably with Dawn or something that will clean the greasiness well.

We joined this activity last year with a thanksgiving meal and a devotion about blessings. This game is also fun because it sort of equalizes things since no one is good at bowling with a turkey. It also encourages appropriate tough as participants help each other balance on the slippery surface.

Enjoy everyone!

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4 Responses to “TURKEY BOWLING”

  1. Laura Kaplan November 29, 2011 at 8:56 am #


    I just heard from my step-daughters that they played bowling with Turkeys last night at youth group. The youth leaders said they learned about it on a website. So I’m doing all I can to encourage the discontinuation of this game. For a child who suffers from food insecurity, watching the wasting of food in a youth activity can be agonizing. We don’t know who is in our meetings and if they are looking at that turkey and thinking, “that could feed my family for days”, we are not serving them well.

    Please consider removing this game from your site.

    Thank you.

  2. chadswanzy November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks for your insight. I will leave the use of this game to the individual leader’s consideration with your comment approved and thoughts added.

  3. Mike Thom October 3, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    This is a fun game and does not have to require any waste. The turkey can remain frozen and in its packaging. We are playing it this week and then donating the turkey afterwards. The turkey is not damaged, we can have fun (and don’t need crisco really), and then it goes to a good cause.

    I am not a fan of games where food is wasted either, and in 5 years have never allowed one to be played (not even a game that required 1 banana), but this game can be done without any waste. :)

  4. Ben Zabel November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Has anyone tried this on grass using a slip’n-slide? I am thinking about trying this out in a few weeks. I think i’ll put a piece of plywood under the area where the pins will stand. I may also spray the tarp down with water if it’s cold enough to freeze it. I may also add water-balloon-launchers for use in flinging the turkeys along the ground. We’ll see how it goes :)

    Thanks Mike for posting that the turkey is not damaged! The ability to still give the turkey(s) away to those in need is a prerequisite for me to use this game in our youth ministry!

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