Colonial America Early Settler - Pilgrims for HomeschoolersThe next Colonial settlement we read about were the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Easy Pilgrim Costumes for KidsWe made stereotypical costumes (easy Pilgrim hat tutorial here)
Squanto and the Pilgrims Art ProjectSquanto taught the Pilgrims to plant corn so we made a pictures showing his method by gluing a goldfish & 3 corn kernels topped with soil. I HIGHLY recommend Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas. It is a beautiful, informative, and faith written book. There is a LOT about Squanto that I did not know!
How to Write with a Quill History Project for KidsWe practiced writing like the Pilgrims did with a Quill feather. We made our authentic “ink” using dirt, water, and charcoal. It came out great and the kids thought it was hilarious!
Colonial Food -Johnny CakesWe also talked about Colonial food. Cooking was hard work and dangerous as they cooked over an open fire. They grew their own vegetables, made their own bread, milked cows for milk, churned mil to get butter, and used corn a lot! To reinforce we had Johnny Cakes, traditional colonial dish with corn (see Great Colonial American Projects for recipe). We also had Pumpkin Pie to celebrate the 1st Thanksgiving.
How to Make Marbles for Kids - Hands on Colonial America History ProjectWe read Samuel Eaton Pilgrim Boy to see what a day looked like for a Pilgrim boy. Then we talked about what Colonial life would have been like for kids. Goofy thought it was HILARIOUS that boys wore dresses until they were 7! Then we made our own marbles to play with like Colonial kids did.
FREE Life in Colonial America Printable BookAnd we added these worksheets for kids to our Colonial America Book: Squanto being taken, Squanto helps the Pilgrims, Food in Colonial America, and Clothes in Colonial America.
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