Tags: corn husk doll, inexpensive, mayflower, pilgrim hat, thanksgiving, thanksgiving craft
This is a craft I designed for the annual Thanksgiving celebration I participate in with our local homeschool group. 2 years ago our theme was explorers, and I thought the foam boats would be a fun craft and activity to float in gutters once they were made. I was searching for something really easy to put together, and inexpensive. Since I couldn’t find anything like that I designed my own, and was pleased with how well the boats floated due to the lightweight foam. For that activity I prepared kits in bags containing all the pieces each child would need since we had ~100 participants, but for an individual child or small group of kids you don’t really need to do that.
I used a cut up foam pool float for the inside thick foam to attach the sail to – a pool noodle from the dollar store would work equally well – you just need something to stab the mast (a bamboo skewer) into that is lightweight and can be taped into the bottom of the boat – any kind of styrofoam would work. The float I found was pink, so I spray painted it brown to match the foam I used, but you could cover it with matching foam if you would like to. Since I was making 100 kits I decided spray paint would be much easier, and faster.
You can download the free .pdf pattern to make your own here: mayflower craft
From previous years I also have a tutorial to make your own cornhusk doll:
And directions to make a paper pilgrim’s hat:
Tags: corn husk craft, corn husk doll, history, printable directions, thanksgiving craft
I love hands-on activities for school – it is much easier to remember learning something if it is fun. Corn husk dolls are a fun way to learn a little bit about the handmade toys used by native Americans, so they are a great project for making around Thanksgiving. The dolls are pretty easy to make, and are surprisingly durable. It took my seven year old son 15 minutes to make his doll unaided. Continue Reading Corn Husk Dolls…