I love this beaded craft that helps you teach children the story of the first Thanksgiving.
Not only is it great for fine motor skills and color recognition, but it's a wonderful way to start a conversation about the Pilgrims, Native Americans, religious freedom, and giving thanks.
You'll need a package of multi-colored pony beads as well as ribbon, pipe cleaners, twine, or something else upon which to string the beads. I followed the instructions from LittleGiraffes.com, but I changed some of the colors to fit what I had on hand.
• 1 brown bead (I used black): Pilgrims left England for religious freedom
• 1 white bead: sails on the Mayflower
• 3 blue beads: the long trip over the ocean
• 1 green: land!
• 3 white (or clear glitter): trying to survive the long winter
• 1 green: spring arrives and brings hope
• 1 tan (I used cream): the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims survive
• 4 beads: foods served at the first Thanksgiving
- 1 red: cranberries
- 1 yellow: corn
- 1 brown (cream): turkey
- 1 orange: pumpkins
A made a bracelet out of pipe cleaner, while E strung them to make a necklace. I also think these would be great on the end of a bookmark.
I'm linking up to:
- ABC & 123's Show & Tell
- Tot Tuesday @ My Delicious Ambiguity