Our Mayflower craft is a fun Thanksgiving craft for kids that is a great way to teach them about Pilgrims and their journey to the “new world”. Younger kids may need a bit of help with the sails, but they should be able to do the rest of the craft. This is a great craft that uses some fun household materials and makes a great homemade Thanksgiving decoration. Please note, this Mayflower craft is not seaworthy – it will fall apart in the sink.
What you'll need:
How to make your Mayflower Craft
- Small box (a butter box is what we used, but a paper milk carton would work well also)
- Brown paint
- Paint brushes
- Clay or play-doh
- Drinking straws
- Paper (not construction paper)
- Black marker
- Cut the top off of the box so you have an open, rectangular box to start with.
- Paint the box brown and let dry.
- Pull one end of the box a bit so that it forms a point to be the front of the boat. If your box won’t do this, it’s no problem.
- Cut a few squares out of paper to make sails. Make them different sizes for a nice look.
- Poke a hole in the top and bottom of each square of paper. Thread a drinking straw through both holes and push the top and bottom of the sail towards the center to get it to bend. See the pictures for more detail.
- Once the sails are made, place a ball of clay in the bottom of the boat and stick the straw into the clay so that it stands up.
- Use a marker to write “Mayflower” on the side of the boat.
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