1-2-3 Come Do A Few More Thanksgiving Craftivities With Me
I have a bunch of empty TP rolls literally rolling around the bottom of my drawer, so I decided to dream up a quickie independent center, recycling TP tubes, that children could transition to, after they completed their morning table-top lessons.
I really enjoy designing simple craftivities that I know children will have fun making, and parents will enjoy keeping. After I glued my grandson's photo to the template, I knew I had the "Awwww!" factor.
It's a misconception that Pilgrims only wore stark black or gray clothing, with white collars and cuffs. While the cuffs remained white, Pilgrim clothes were also green, blue, burgundy, violet and red.
This has been documented through diaries, letters, as well as wills, where Colonials left special clothes, like a velvet violet skirt, or green doublet to a family member.
It would be historically appropriate for you to cut the construction paper rectangles out of these brighter colors and give students a choice of what they want their Pilgrim to wear.
I cut 2 scallops from a paper doilie and folded it over the top of the TP tube to make the Pilgrim girl's collar. You could also add a yarn bow for that finishing touch.
Students have the option to color a Pilgrim head, or print off a child's school photo for them to glue to the face of the Pilgrim. I added a bit of pizzazz to the hat with gold glitter glue. Click on the link to view/download the TP Pilgrim craftivity.
Since writing about what you are thankful for is such an interesting and popular writing prompt, I designed yet another craftivity where students can do this. It's always nice to give children a few options when it comes to writing.
Run off the THANKFUL word template. Students cut and glue the pieces together to make the word. Children can simply write what they are thankful for inside the letters, or challenge older students to think of at least 1 or 2 things that they are thankful for that begin with those letters. i.e. in the letter F one could write: food, family, fun, friends, freedom etc. I added some extra pizzazz with glitter glue.
I also made an example with pictures.
Students can use stickers, clip art, pictures cut from magazines, as well as photographs of things that they are thankful for and add them to their word.
If you don't have time to do this in class, assign it for homework and enlist parental help. Click on the link to view/download the THANKFUL writing prompt-word craftivity.
Finally, build students' self-esteem by making a Thankful Class book.
Print the color or black & white cover and run off the boy and girl writing prompts and Pilgrim hats.
Write each child's name on a hat and toss them in a container. Students choose a name and write why they are thankful for that friend.
Encourage children to use at least 3 adjectives and 2 verbs in their writing. When everyone is done, have students share their page.
Collect, collate and laminate the pages and keep in your classroom library. I've also included a thankful note from the teacher. Print, fill in your students' names and sign.
Click on the link to view/download the Thankful Class book. Thanks for visiting today. I design and blog daily, so I hope you can stop back tomorrow for the newest FREEBIES. Feel free to PIN anything from my site.
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