Paper Plate Pilgrim Man Craft
Students create playful Thanksgiving pilgrims with a little cutting, pasting, and painting.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Celebrate Thanksgiving by crafting these friendly pilgrim faces.
What You Need:
- Paper plates, one per student
- Paint in black, white, brown, yellow, blue, red, and green
- Construction paper in black, white, and yellow
- Googly eyes
What You Do:
- Have students cut the scalloped rim off of a paper plate, leaving the inner circle for the pilgrim’s head.
- Students paint the pilgrim’s head piece in a skin tone and set it aside to dry.
- Have students hold the scalloped rim of the paper plate and cut off about 1/4 of it to represent the shirt.
- Using the black construction paper, children cut a small curved rectangle and glue it to the center of the shirt piece, to represent a collar.
- Using the photo of the completed project as your guide, show students how to cut out the pilgrim’s hat from the black construction paper.
- Have students cut a small rectangle from the white construction paper for the ribbon of the hat and glue it to the black hat.
- Have students cut four small strips from the yellow construction paper, all the same size, and glue them into a square shape on the white "ribbon" to create a buckle.
- Once the paint on the pilgrim’s face has dried, have students brush brown paint across the top of the head to represent hair and let it dry.
- Have students carefully glue the hat to the top of the head and the shirt collar to the bottom of the head.
- Each students can draw or paint a nose and mouth on each pilgrim’s face, then glue on googly eyes to complete the face.