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The First Thanksgiving Craft

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The First Thanksgiving Craft is perfect to help teach about the Thanksgiving history in a fun way that is easy for kids to understand.

The first Thanksgiving spinner craft for kids

You can start by reading about the Thanksgiving story, talk about the origins, traditions and meaning and then finish with this coloring spinner craft.

The first Thanksgiving craft for preschoolers and older kids

We have started adding several thankful crafts to our Thanksgiving craft collection, from this thankful turkey to this I am thankful for spinner. But this craft focusses on the history of Thanksgiving, starting with the pilgrims leaving England on the Mayflower boat and including the most important events leading up to the first Thanksgiving.

The first Thanksgiving craft to teach the Thanksgiving story

There are four images included on this spinner:

  • Mayflower boat – In September 1620 a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England for the New World. Part of the passengers on Mayflower were looking for religious freedom while the others were looking for prosperity.
  • Pilgrim cutting wood to build houses – After a two-month voyage the pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay where they began to establish a village they called Plymouth.
  • Squanto holding corn – Native Americans, especially the Chief of the Wampanoag’s and Squanto, who spoke English, taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, catch fish, extract sap from maple trees and identify poisonous plants.
  • The first Thanksgiving meal – In November 1621, after a fist successful first corn harvest, the pilgrims organized a feast and invited Chief Massasoit and the Wampanoag tribe to share the “first Thanksgiving” with them.
Color The first Thanksgiving craft

The first Thanksgiving spinner craft

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Step by step instructions

Start by printing the spinner and cover on white cardstock paper and cutting them out.


Color the spinner.


Color the cover.

hole in cover

Use a hole punch to make a hole in the middle of the cover. (where marked)

hole in spinner

Use a pencil to make a hole in the middle of the spinner. (where marked)

attach spinner to cover

Attach the spinner and cover together with a paper fastener.

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