This storytime and craft idea come from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman. With a large group, the story flows better if you tell the story while making a bracelet yourself and then let the children make their own bracelets afterwards. Each bead represents a part of this story of the Pilgrims’ arrival.
As you slide each bead onto a pipe cleaner, explain its significance:
Brown bead: Pilgrims leave England
White bead: sails on the Mayflower
3 blue beads: long trip over the ocean (add very slowly)
Green bead: land ahoy!
3 white beads: long winter
Green bead: spring arrives!
Tan bead: Native Americans who help the Pilgrims
4 beads for the Thanksgiving feast: red for cranberries, yellow for corn, brown for turkey and orange for pumpkin
Twist the ends of the pipecleaner together and ta-da! the Thanksgiving Story bracelet is complete. Time for children to make their own.
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