The Mayflower (simplified)

I love how children’s crafts always take on a life of their own. So what if it doesn’t look all that much like it is supposed to…it is the process, not the product. :)  Even though this Mayflower does not look like the large ship we see in books, it is simple and easy for a child to make…making it a winner in my book!

Here’s what you’ll need:  an empty paper towel roll, a straw, white paper, a glue stick a stapler, and tape.

1. Cut a slit in the paper towel holder. Flatten it and let your little one color it with a brown marker. Big Brother wasn’t really into it.

2. Staple each side and then squish it together to make boat shape.

3. Cut out a triangle from a folded piece of paper. Stick a straw in between and then add glue and press together.

4. Tape the straw to the side of the inside of the boat.

Done! Let your child enjoy playing with the Mayflower!
Literature Link
. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620


  1. Hello! I stumbled upon your site a few days ago & I LOVE it! I'm also a former teacher (Kindergarten) before I decided to stay home with my little boy (who is now 2.5)! Your ideas are so cute!

    I listed you as a resource for teaching little ones & included a couple of your Thanksgiving ideas in my printable Thanksgiving Unit!

    Here's the link to the post:

    Thanks for the inspiration, & it's nice to meet you!
    :) Daphne

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