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Mayflower Boat Shape Craft

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Take Thanksgiving crafting to the next level and combine it with math. This Mayflower boat shape craft will help kids learn or review shapes (circle, trapezoid, rectangle and triangle) while creating a simple craft.

Mayflower boat shape craft for kids

The craft is easy to prep and comes with a template and clear instructions with step by step pictures. This makes it a great candidate for the bulletin board in the month of November.

We love shape crafts and created several throughout the years. If you want to look for more ideas for Thanksgiving, take a look at this shape turkey craft or the pilgrim shape matching activity.

Mayflower boat shape craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving

While kids will learn about pilgrim around Thanksgiving, did you know there is also a national Mayflower Day in September?

It is on September 16, 1620 that Mayflower left England heading for Virginia. Stormy weather forced the ship off course and the pilgrims reached Massachusetts instead.

Mayflower boat shape craft

Mayflower boat shape craft for preschoolers to review shapes

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Easy Mayflower boat shape craft for Thankgiving

How to make a Mayflower craft with shapes

The shape Mayflower template comes with two versions:

1. home template – cut out the patterns and trace them on corresponding colored paper.

2. classroom template – print the pattern directly on colored paper and cut them out.

This way you can easily craft with just one or two kids as well as with a classroom full of students.

Step by step instructions

black windows

Start by gluing the 3 black windows onto the boat.


Glue the 2 brown poles to the top of the boat.

blue blackground

Glue the boat at the bottom of a blue cardstock paper.


Add the white sails on the poles, 1 on the small pole and 2 on the tall pole.


Add the 2 red flags at the top of the 2 poles, one flag on each pole.

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