Today was all about the Mayflower. We talked about how the Pilgrims had to rely on the wind to push their ship all away across the ocean to America.
We made a couple egg carton ships. I saw the idea on this blog which I think I probably got to from Pinterest.
As I was telling the kids about the sailing and the wind, I figured out that these little boats will actually “sail” if you blow on them just right. The kids had fun blowing them across the table after that.
They also had fun filling them with various pretend people.
Then we also made some Mayflower handprint paintings.
First I did a wash of light blue acrylic on some watercolor paper. After that dried I let the kids do the ocean with their blue and green water colors. Then we used brown acrylic to do the handprints. I glued the sails on after they dried.
We are studying the first Thanksgiving (the pretty and glorified version anyway) this week and into next.
Most of the Thanksgiving books were checked out from the library and I had to go yesterday with all three kids. So I got a lesson in previewing books…
A quick glance at this book, which was in the Thanksgiving section of the holiday books shelf, led me to believe this book was about the Mayflower crossing. Nope! I started reading it aloud to the kids after we got home and quickly realized that it is likely about Cubans fleeing to America on a fishing boat. While they do arrive on Thanksgiving, it wasn’t exactly the topic I wanted to be broaching with my three and almost-two-year-old.
But we did find a couple good ones that are perfect for this week.
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed and The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
Today we followed these Martha Stewart tutorials for a paper pilgrim hat and paper pilgrim bonnet.
This picture cracks me up! Check out Sprout’s “smolder” (you’d have to have seen Tangled to get it).
And then we also made a paper plate pilgrim girl and boy using this tutorial.