Students construct one of Thanksgiving’s familiar faces with some painting, cutting, and pasting.

What You Need:

  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint in black, white, brown, yellow, blue, red, and green
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

What You Do:

  1. Have students cut the scalloped rim off of a paper plate, leaving the inner circle for the pilgrim’s face.
  2. Students paint the face piece in a skin tone color and set it aside to dry.
  3. 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.
  4. When the paint on the face piece has dried, students brush brown paint at the top to represent hair.
  5. Have students glue the pilgrim shirt and collar piece at the bottom of the face piece.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Have students paint on a nose and a smiling mouth.
  9. To complete the face, students glue on the googly eyes.