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21 of the Best Native American and Pilgrim Crafts for Kids

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Share the message and history of Thanksgiving with these Native American crafts for kids and Pilgrim crafts for kids. 

Here you’ll find a list of culturally appropriate Thanksgiving crafts.

For more fun Thanksgiving learning, check out our list of Turkey crafts, Thanksgiving crafts, Thanksgiving STEM activities, and Thanksgiving printables. 

Share the message and history of Thanksgiving with these Native American crafts for kids and Pilgrim crafts for kids. Here you'll find a list of culturally appropriate Thanksgiving crafts.

In November, we celebrate the day when Native Americans shared their food with starving Pilgrims during that fateful long and horrible winter.

The Pilgrims were unprepared to handle the harsh weather of North America, but with the help of the Native Americans, they were able to survive and eventually thrive in the new world.

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Kids love the old story of sharing and being thankful for what you do have, even if it isn’t a lot.

21 of the Best Native American and Pilgrim Crafts for Kids

When learning about the history of Thanksgiving, use these Native American crafts for kids to teach kids about the two peoples who were present at that Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.

Use these Pilgrim crafts for kids to discuss the culture of each people group and what differences and similarities they have.

What inspired the two different cultures to come together for that first Thanksgiving meal?

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Classroom-Friendly Thanksgiving Activities

Expand on your Thanksgiving lessons with these activities!

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Books About Thanksgiving

Use these books to explore Thanksgiving themes in your classroom.

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Pilgrim Crafts for Kids

These Pilgrim activities will help kids learn all about the English settlers who came to America on the Mayflower.

Although colonization is a bit of a touchy subject, it is part of our history and kids need to learn why other countries felt the need to take over America in its early days.

These culturally appropriate Thanksgiving crafts can help you explain the story in an age-appropriate way.

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Make a Paper Mayflower and learn how the first colonists traveled to America.

This version of a Mayflower model is made using a Milk Carton.

Make Pilgrims using this Pilgrim Hat Cups tutorial.

Create a Hand Print Mayflower as a fun craft to send home with kids!

These Footprint Pilgrims are perfect for preschoolers and little kids.

Have a plastic spoon? You can make Spoon Pilgrims!

Paper Tube Pilgrims are a fun way to design and make Pilgrims from old paper tubes.

Native American Crafts for Kids

These Native American crafts for kids will help children explore the history and culture of the people who were here long before the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock.

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Make these Paper Tube Native Americans and have fun with design!

This Handprint Native American Craft uses kids’ own hands as the design, which makes them great to send home to parents.

Learn about how Native Americans lived when you make these Native American Teepees.

Create a Cherokee Rattle and learn how the Cherokee nation celebrated with song and dance.

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