With our daily “leaves” being added to our Tree of Thanks, the kids have some idea of what Thanksgiving is about. This week on our weekly trip to the library we found a super cute Thanksgiving book, One is a Feast for Mouse. The book was a great introduction for my toddler and preschooler about the very first Thanksgiving. After reading the story, we had fun with a simple Mayflower craft.
My son couldn’t wait to make his own Mayflower ship. To begin, I drew the basic shape of a boat on brown construction paper. I cut black masts and white sails out, as well as a “Plymouth Rock.”
While my preschooler carefully cut out her ship, I helped the toddler glue his Mayflower together, gluing the masts to the back of the ship and adding the sales.
To make the water, I helped him cut “waves” on the bottom end of a piece of blue construction paper. Then we folded the bottom 1/3 of the paper up and used clear tape on the sides to keep it folded. This made a pocket for the Mayflower to sail in. Finally, he glued Plymouth Rock into the corner.
He had fun having his ship sail back and forth in the “water,” making sure it landed at Plymouth Rock each time.
As the kids played, we talked about how the Pilgrims sailed across the ocean and came to America. One day when they are older we will talk more about why they came, but for now, this simple Mayflower craft was a good introduction into why we celebrate Thanksgiving.
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