If you are looking for a fun and easy craft for your kids at Thanksgiving you might want to try making a simple set of Pilgrims and Indians.
In the past my children have made these and had so much fun with it!
All you do is get some cardboard tubes (like toilet paper rolls or cut a paper towel roll in half) and cut out some construction paper and glue on the clothes, face, hair and hats with some glue stick. We would use also use a marker to draw in the face and details. It's so easy and they are so cute for displaying on your mantle.
One time the kiddos make an entire village of Pilgrims and Indians-- complete with teepees and a small fire to cook fish on. I loved how they ran with the idea and ended up using their imaginations!
We have also made the Mayflower Ship as well. We have done it a few different ways like making one out of a butternut squash carving, or an empty cardboard shoebox box, or using a huge appliance box to make a real ship you could actually get into and steer complete with mast (yes, we are that crazy and do those kinds of things around here!). It was fun to make and the kids still talk about it every year Thanksgiving rolls around. You can also find some really great ideas here that are more customized to your child's age.
But if you are short on time you could also use a Mayflower kit. These are great for decorating your home during Thanksgiving or even using it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner! I think it would be a great idea to even incorporate it into your homeschool as a unit study too.
Here are a few notable ones I found:
This one is a 3D Mayflower Jigsaw Puzzle Kit--it looks pretty neat to try out!
This one uses bricks like Legos--which would be a great building activity!
Here is another Mayflower kit that the kids will love!
You can find many more model kits HERE.
I also highly recommend some of these helpful books if you are teaching your children about Pilgrims and Indians to help them learn the history behind it all:
PILGRIM BOOKS FOR KIDS
THE STORY OF THE PILGRIMS
PILGRIMS OF PLYMOUTH
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING
THE PILGRIMS' FIRST THANKSGIVING
THE BOY WHO FELL OFF THE MAYFLOWER (OR JOHN HOWLANDS GOOD FORTUNE)
SARAH MORTON'S DAY: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PILGRIM GIRL
THE MAYFLOWER ADVENTURE
THE ADVENTUROUS LIFE OF MYLES STANDISH
You can find more Thanksgiving books HERE.
Have you tried making any of these Thanksgiving activities with your children?
Please share what you did with us!
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