Day #3 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series is all about The Mayflower. This is such an important part of Thanksgiving and everyone knows that boats are so much fun!
To start with, one of our favorite books to learn about The Mayflower is this one:
If You Sailed On The Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern
My kids LOVE this book & never get tired of it!
Here are a few other great books for kids about The Mayflower:
M is for Mayflower, A Massachusetts Alphabet by Margot Theis Raven
You Wouldn’t Want to Sail on The Mayflower by Peter Cook
Mayflower 1620: A New Look at a Pilgrim Voyage by Plimoth Plantation
Tattered Sails by Verla Kay
The Mayflower by Mark Greenwood
Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock
The Boy Who Fell Off The Mayflower by P.J. Lynch
Here is a really neat video I found that you can watch for free on YouTube called The Mouse on the Mayflower, HERE.
Scholastic.com has a great series on Thanksgiving for kids. You can find a video about The Mayflower HERE.
There is also a Charlie Brown video called Mayflower Voyagers that is really cute. You can watch it free on youtube HERE.
Mayflower Munch Mix at Shaken Together Blog is a fun snack you can fix for your kids to have while reading some books about the Mayflower together!
Here are some free printables you can have fun with:
Here are some Mayflower Arts & Craft Ideas for you:
Here are some fun hands-on Boat activity ideas for younger kids:
Aside from all these great activities, kids just LOVE to play with boats and especially water! If you have any toy boats that your kids play with in the bathtub, you can fill up a large container (outside!) with water and just let them play. While they are playing you can just talk to them about how the Pilgrims rode on the Mayflower and whatever information you want to share with them about it.
Also, one of my favorite things to do with boats is using a smaller container, fill with vinegar and put your boats in. Then when you want to pretend a storm is coming, add some baking soda and the vinegar water will foam up and you can pretend they are having a storm. I remember one of my old Sunday School teachers from many years ago doing this with my class for a bible lesson and I have never forgotten it! It was so cool!
I hope that I have given you some good ideas about learning and having fun with history and The Mayflower today! Please check back for Day #4 of my 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series tomorrow!
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