Paper Plate Pilgrim Lady Craft
Celebrate Thanksgiving by creating friendly pilgrim faces.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Students construct one of Thanksgiving’s familiar faces with some painting, cutting, and pasting.
What You Need:
- Paper plates, one per student
- Paint in black, white, brown, yellow, blue, red, and green
- Googly eyes
What You Do:
- Have students cut the scalloped rim off of a paper plate, leaving the inner circle for the pilgrim’s face.
- Students paint the face piece in a skin tone color and set it aside to dry.
- Holding the scalloped rim of the paper plate, students cut off about 1/4 to represent the shirt. Students paint the middle of the rim piece with black paint to represent a collar. There should be just a few inches of white on either side of the black paint. Set the collar aside to dry.
- When the paint on the face piece has dried, students brush brown paint at the top to represent hair.
- Have students glue the pilgrim shirt and collar piece at the bottom of the face piece.
- To create the pilgrim lady’s hat, students cut the remaining paper plate rim into two pieces, with one piece about three times as long as the other.
- Have students glue the larger part of the rim on top of the pilgrim’s head, in the shape of an upside-down U. Then, glue the smaller piece of hat on top of the larger piece, for a stacked effect, to represent a bonnet.
- Have students paint on a nose and a smiling mouth.
- To complete the face, students glue on the googly eyes.