Children will learn history as they make a map of the Mayflower Voyage to learn and celebrate Thanksgiving. Mayflower Craft Template and directions included.
Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with historical tradition, food, and fun! Teach your children about the Mayflower voyage as they make a map craft. It’s easy to make with a few scissor cuts, coloring and gluing.
I love how the boat stands up, to make a 3D craft. It looks like the Mayflower is sailing across the map!
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Mayflower Voyage Thanksgiving Map Activity
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- White and light blue paper
- Crayons, pencils, or markers
- Mayflower Map Template (Available towards the end of this post)
The directions with photos are included with the printable template.
Print out the Mayflower Map template on the light blue paper. Print out the Map Pieces template on white paper. If you don’t have a colored printer use the second set of templates with the different shapes in the Map Key instead of the different colored stars.
Have students color and cut out the Map Pieces.
Have students glue the Map Pieces onto their Mayflower Map template.
North America goes on the left, on top of the “North America” sign found on the Mayflower Map template. •Europe goes on the right, on top of the “Europe” sign found on the Mayflower Map template.
Have students glue the Mayflower on. It goes in the center, above the “Atlantic Ocean” sign found on the Mayflower Map template. Have students fold the bottom rectangle at a 90 degree angle to make a foot on the boat. Glue the bottom of the foot down so the boat stands up. The edge of the foot should be closest to the top of the page.
Optional: Students could draw a line from Europe to North America showing the path the Mayflower sailed.
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