I’ll be the first to admit that we are a little nutty over here! But that’s just how we roll…
In preparation and anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I always love to review a little history. We’ve pulled a few of our favorite Thanksgiving books together and I couldn’t help squeezing in a few fun projects before we leave to visit family.
So here’s our homemade miniature Mayflower ships and a quick tutorial so you all can make this super easy craft too!
Here’s a quick inventory of what you will need for this project:
- playdough (we used our favorite recipe and I added cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to capture that scrumptious ‘fall’ smell.) Clay would probably work better, but I don’t keep any of that around.
- walnuts (I bought three in case I ruined any of them. I knew I needed at least three ‘good’ boats.)
- pencil and scissors not pictured, but needed to draw and cut out sails
FIRST: Using a butter knife, carefully separate the walnut into two halves. In hindsight, I wish I had bought a couple of extra walnuts. I think the boys would have enjoyed trying to do this. Since I was afraid of ruining all of them, I did this step. Gut the walnut shell halves and have a snack!
SECOND: Trace three rectancles (with sides angled inward) in graduated sizes. Cut them out. Depending on the age of the child this can be a you job, a them job or both (and then let them pick what set of sails they want to use.
THIRD: Let them place a line of glue down the center of each sail and place toothpick with at least two centimeters of space at the bottom of the toothpick blank.
FOURTH: Allow to dry. Go play with the playdough! Pinch off small bits of playdough to stick inside the walnut shells.
FIFTH: Place your sails and embark!