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November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Reenactment and Indian Corn Craft

We spent some time yesterday afternoon reenacting the Thanksgiving story after reading these fun books.

Thanksgiving Mice by Bethany Roberts
It’s Thanksgiving and four adorable mice are putting on a play for their woodland friends. The play is of course the story of Thanksgiving. This is a GREAT book for Preschooler's to easily understand the story of Thanksgiving. My first grader even enjoyed it.

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy 
Ten little Pilgrims and ten little Wampanoag boys and girls are getting ready for the harvest feast. After gathering all the food, everyone gives thanks, and then it's time to eat and celebrate. The simple, rhythmic text is great for sharing the history and fun of Thanksgiving with young children.

After reading our stories my pilgrims set out to sea on their long journey on the Mayflower...(I know you are all loving how I wrote Mayflower on the cardboard, hahaha!)

They got so hungry they even tried catching a small fish with their telescopes.

Finally they spot land far off in the distance...

After reaching land and starting to settle in they meet the cutest little Indians you ever did see...

The Pilgrims made friends with the Indians and the Indians showed the pilgrims how to plant corn and other seeds...

And after the garden had grown and was ready to harvest, they had a huge feast and gave thanks to God for all their blessings! I meant to pop popcorn with the kids to eat but the night got away from us. But we did make this adorable Indian Corn craft.

I cut out a corn cob shape out of yellow card stock paper and we used a pencil eraser to press on the corn kernels all over the cob. We made sure to use fall colored paint. The boys LOVED using the pencil eraser to paint with. Heck, even I did!  :)

My cute little pilgrim hard at work on his corn. 

I cut out some corn husks from leftover scraps from our paper bag Indian vests. We crumbled them up and then straightened them out to give them some texture and glued them to the back of our corn. Andy was such a perfectionist and made sure his kernels were all close together so it looked "real" (as he said).

Next I lifted up the corn a little at the end, punched a hole in it with a hole punch, strung some raffia through it and made a bow. The raffia could act as a way to hang up the corn, or I just personally think it looks pretty. I got the idea for this craft at Spotted Canary.

I had been working on the reenactment for a couple days before we did it (thus not a lot of posts last week). From painting the Indian vests and making the headbands one day, to making the pilgrim hats and telescopes one day. I've realized sometimes it takes a while to prepare for things, but the fun we have overall definitely outweighs the time spent in preparation. And I believe my kids now have a greater understanding of how Thanksgiving came about.

We did one more craft to go along with the being thankful part of the reenactment. I'll share that with you on Wednesday.  :)

Happy Crafting!!

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Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love all these ideas! Definitely going to use them in the next couple weeks. Thanks!

4Eighteen said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome ideas. Looks like they had a ton of fun and they must have learned a lot. Great job!

Smallgood said... Best Blogger Tips

Bless their hearts! They can't help but be cute. I know the paper bag vests have been done for ages, but they were my favorite thing in school. I loved the vest I made.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun!! You came up with some wonderful ideas to make the story fun and real for them. I love it!

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What a great idea to reenact Thanksgiving, it looks like your boys had such a great time. And I LOVE the corn craft I just may have to do that one with my little one.

Charlene said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, so many fun activities....I'm lovin' the corn and the pilgrim play!! Great book choices too.

Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land! Hope to see you again soon!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute & fun looking! Stopping by from the Mingle With Us Blog Hop - would love for you to link this to my Kids Can Craft party - the tab for it is at the top of my blog (it's always open so it has it's own page)


Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

I cannot wait until your daughter is older and you can add a little lady pilgrim to the mix :) Love the cardboard box Mayflower

Beth ( said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!! I love it all. so creative - Super cute!! I wanted to invite you to link up at TGIF -
BETH =-)

Lori @ La-La's Home Daycare said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh they look so adorable dressed up!

Thanks for sharing,

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

I so love your reenactment! They made such cute Pilgrims!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

My boys and I made the indian corn today-so fun! Linking back on my blog

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas said... Best Blogger Tips

oh, my just looking at your photos made me smile! What fabulous pilgrims & Native Americans! LOVE this idea!!!!

Thanks for linking your idea to the Sunday Showcase last week. Hope to see you this week!


Beth ( said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to let you know I featured this way fun way to play & learn about the first Thanksgiving on TGIF Linky Party #7 - - Feel free to stop on by and grab an I was Featured button and link up again =-)

Kristina Willard said... Best Blogger Tips

How long did the paint take to dry? Was thinking of doing this for a Preschool project.

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kristina Willard I would say the Indian Corn would dry in about an hour, as long as the children didn't saturate it with paint. I really think this would be a great for a preschool class!