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Pilgrims for Kids

Teach kids about pilgrims in this fun, FREE hands on Pilgrims for Kids unit for kids of all ages! The unit includes printables, costumes, DIY marbles, johnny cakes recipe, writing with quills, and so much more!
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In our second week of learning about the colonial america for kids in our homeschol history for kids  we are exploring the pilgrims. Sure we all have heard of the Pilgrims from Thanksgiving, but how much do you really know about them. In this week’s study you will make some costumes, write with a quill, make your own marbles, try johnny cakes, and can print more pages to your free printable life in colonial america book. This study is perfect for your entire homescool family to do together.

Pilgrims for Kids

The next Colonial settlement we read about  the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620 and settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

DIY Pilgrim Costume

DIY Pilgrim Costume

We made stereotypical costumes (easy Pilgrim hat tutorial here)

Thanksgiving Activities - Squanto teaches the pilgrims how to plant corn for homeschoolers

Thanksgiving Activities

Squanto 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!

thanksgiving activities for kids using a quill and writing like early settlers the pilgrims

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

We 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 Cakes

Colonial Food -Johnny Cakes

We 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.

thanksgiving activities for preschoolers - How to Make Marbles for Kids - Hands on Colonial America History Project

Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers

How to Make Marbles for Kids

We 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.

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Kids will have fun learning about the pilgrims with this FREE Thanksgiving Reader for Kids.  Learn about traditional Thanksgiving images with this fun, FREE Thanksgiving BINGO Game.  Or help kids practice identifying word families with these adorable, Free Word Family Turkeys. Practice number recognition with these Free Thanksgiving Color by Number Worksheets. Practice sight words with these Thanksgiving Sight Word Worksheets. Or try one of these adorable Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids or put on a Thanksgiving Play with our free printable play and DIY costume ideas.


Colonial America Pilgrims Books to Read



Pilgrim Worksheets - FREE Life in Colonial America Printable Book

FREE Life in Colonial America Printable Book

And 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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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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