How to Make a Moving Mayflower for Thanksgiving

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In 1620 the Pilgrims came to America from England on a 3000 mile voyage.  They came here on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock.  Today we will celebrate this first voyage by making a moving Mayflower for Thanksgiving.  After all, if the Pilgrims never made this trip on the Mayflower there would be no Thanksgiving.  I shutter at the thought.

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How to Make a Moving Mayflower for Thanksgiving



 

Materials Needed

Paper Towel Tube

Blue, Brown and Black Construction Paper

Gray Paper (or use white paper and color it gray)

White Paper

String or Yarn

Straws, Craft Sticks or Pencils (optional)

Glue

Scissors

 

Step 1



Put glue all over paper towel tube.



Put glue all over paper towel tube.  Rub glue on it so now it is a thin layer of glue.


Step 2



Place cardboard tube in the center of a piece of blue construction paper.



Place cardboard tube in the center of a piece of blue construction paper.

 

Step 3



Fold paper so top and bottom meet.



Fold paper so top and bottom meet.

 

Step 4



Cut waves at the top of the blue paper.



Cut waves at the top of the blue paper.

 

Step 5



draw Plymouth Rock out of the paper.



First cut a gray piece of paper in half.  Then draw Plymouth Rock out of the paper. (You could also use white paper and then color it gray later.)

 

Step 6



draw a ship with the bottom along the fold.



Fold brown paper in half.  Then draw a ship with the bottom along the fold.  Then cut out.  Notice that the boat is a sideways bubble letter ‘C’.

 

Step 7



Place a 3 foot piece of string or yarn in fold of ship



Place a 3 foot piece of string or yarn in fold of ship so that equal amount is sticking out from each side.  Glue sides together.

 

Step 8



Cut out 2 white rectangles



Cut out 2 white rectangles…. one bigger than the other.  For masts… cut out 2 black rectangle strips.  You could also use straws, craft sticks, pencils or other items.

 

Step 9



Place masts in between top of glued ship while it is still wet.



Place masts in between top of glued ship while it is still wet.  Glue sails to masts by putting glue on one side and then folding together, as you see in pic #1 and #2.

Step 10



Place ship in between waves



Place ship in between waves, pull string back and forth on each side to make ship sail back and forth.

There you go…. you just finished your Moving Mayflower Boat for Thanksgiving.  How did it turn out for you?  Let me know in the comments below.

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