Simple Toilet Paper Roll Pilgrims and A Story of the First Thanksgiving


I have one more Thanksgiving book and craft to share with you today. This one is about the pilgrims, and I’ve made simple toilet paper roll pilgrims to go with it.

 

Easy toilet paper roll pilgrim craft simple enough for a preschool or kindergarten Thanksgiving activity.




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Finding a Thanksgiving Story

I wanted to find a story about the first Thanksgiving to read with my kindergartners. It was hard to find the right balance of historical accuracy and inviting story for this age group. I think The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving (affiliate) by Ann McGovern does a creditable job. It relates the big picture in an engaging way, with a focus on the pilgrim children.

 

Making a Pilgrim Craft

My pilgrim craft is more about simplicity than authenticity. I tried to keep it basic enough that a preschooler could paint and assemble it with help.
Easy toilet paper roll pilgrim craft simple enough for a preschool or kindergarten Thanksgiving activity.

Materials Needed
  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • 1 – 3 oz. plastic bathroom cup
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Smock or Paint shirt
  • Newspaper to cover work area
  • Paper: white, yellow, peach, brown
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes (optional)
  • Colored pencils for face features
  • Glue
Instructions
1. Paint toilet paper rolls and plastic cup completely black.
2. Cut out face, collar, hat band, and hat buckle.
3. For the hair, cut a strip to go around the tube plus a separate piece for the front (See photo).

Easy toilet paper roll pilgrim craft simple enough for a preschool or kindergarten Thanksgiving activity.

4. Glue googly eyes onto face, and draw on mouth and nose.

5. Once black paint has dried, glue on paper pieces.
6. For the woman’s hat, you can make a tiny version based on this pilgrim hat tutorial.

 

 

This post is part of the Kids Are Thankful blog hop. A group of creative bloggers have teamed up to share kids’ Thanksgiving books along with activities to go with them.  Go have a look at all of them!

 

 


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