Mayflower Ships

Celebrate the Pilgrim’s arrival at Plymouth Rock with this easy-to-make kid’s craft.  We used pipe cleaners and foam to get a real three-dimensional look for this November craft.  What a fun classroom activity or decoration for Thanksgiving!



What you'll need:

  • Construction paper or Foam sheets: White/Brown/Tan/Red

  • One 12 x 18 piece of Blue construction paper

  • Black Marker

  • Scissors

  • Mayflower patterns

  • 2 brown or black pipe cleaners

  • Hole punch

  • Glue Stick

  • Tape

  • Sponge brush

  • Paint: blue, green, white



How to make it:

  1. Download the Mayflower patterns and cut out the shapes from the colors indicated on the patterns.

  2. Take each of the sails and the red flag and use your hole punch to make 2 holes at the top and bottom of each sail.  You will be threading your pipe cleaners through these holes.

  3. Take one pipe cleaner and thread on the red flag, one topsail, and the front bottom sail.  Space out the sails.  Take the second pipe cleaner and thread on the other topsail and the back bottom sail. 

  4. Use your hole punch to make two holes in blue paper towards the top of your paper – The first hole should be about 5 inches in from the right side of the paper about 1 ½ inch down.  The second hole should be about 2 inches in from the right side of the paper about 2 ½ inches down.

  5. Insert your front sail pair( the one with the red flag) into the first hole a couple of inches and tape down on the back of the paper.  Repeat this with the second sail set into the second hole and tape it also to the back of the paper.  Turn your paper over and tape down the bottom of the pipe cleaners to the blue paper.

  6. Take your boat shape and attach it to the paper using a glue stick so that it covers the bottom of the masts.

  7. Attach your Plymouth Rock shape at the bottom left corner of the paper.  Use your marker to write the words:  Plymouth Rock.

  8. Details:  Pour out a little of the blue, white, and green paint onto a plate and use your sponge brush to add some blue and white waves, green grass on Plymouth Rock, and some puffy white clouds in the sky. 

Easy print version 


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