Do your kids ever ask about what Thanksgiving is? My oldest has asked me this a few times and I try and explain to her about being thankful and things like that. However she wants to know why we celebrate it, last year I started to explain to her about the pilgrims and the Indians and how they came together as friends for the first Thanksgiving dinner. We made these cute Tee Pee’s and talked a little about the Indians and their culture.
So this year I wanted to talk to her about Christopher Columbus and how he sailed across the ocean and discovered America. I told her how he was trying to find India but wanted to take a short cut and found a new land instead. That is why the Indians are called Indians because he thought he was in India. She then had a bunch of questions for me like why didn’t he just change their name once he knew where he was and where are the Indian’s now. Man this kid can keep me on my toes with questions that’s for sure.
After I was done scrambling to answer all her questions I told her about his three boats that traveled here the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Now I know the Santa Maria was a larger ship than the other two but for this Thanksgiving Boat Craft we just made them all the same size. I let each of my girls make a ship and then I made one too so that we would have three.
Once the boats were all made the girls had fun playing with them. I think they would be super cute as center pieces at the table for Thanksgiving too. Or it could make a fun project for the kids on Thanksgiving day. No matter what you make them for they are a super cute and fun craft that the kids will enjoy!
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