Holidays are a key part of kindergarten social studies curriculum. Throughout the year, children will celebrate together, and talk about customs that draw them into community. You can support this learning by inviting your child to help you with Thanksgiving household preparations. Here’s a craft that connects children to the harvest theme of the holiday, as well as to the story of the feast shared by the first Pilgrims and the native Americans who showed them how to plant their first corn. By using patterns, it also sneaks in a little math practice, too!
What You Need:
- Tan pipe cleaners
- Children’s plastic “pony” beads in harvest colors: red, orange, brown
- Tan raffia ribbon
What You Do:
- Start by giving your child one tan pipe cleaner. Have him thread 12-15 beads (about 2-1/4 inches) in a pattern on one end. Remind him what she's learned in school about AA--BB--CC and ABCABC patterns as you go.
- Fold over about ¼” of the pipe cleaner at the end so the beads don’t slide off. Then go to the other end of the pipe cleaner and do the same thing with 12-15 more beads.
- Help your child twist the pipe cleaner to make a napkin-size ring, with the two bead ends held together like a pair of small ears of “Indian Corn.” Then cut a piece of raffia, and help your kindergartener tie it into a small bow right where the pipe cleaners are twisted together.
- Slide a rolled cloth napkin into the hole, and you’ll have a charming, kid-made holiday craft to show off for the whole family.
Julie Williams, M.A. Education, taught middle and high school History and English for seventeen years. Since then, she has volunteered in elementary classrooms while raising her two sons and earning a master's in school administration. She has also been a leader in her local PTA.