Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Getting to Know The Pilgrims - Putting Names to Faces


The younger children made some hand print, and thumbprint pilgrims, today. While they were at it, I thought it might be a good chance to give them a better visual concept of the number of colonists, who survived the first winter.


So, I helped them make 22 hand print men - by painting their palms cream, and four fingers black. We painted on hat brims, and added marker, and pencil details once the paint was dry.


They also made 4 women, by using cream fingers, and palms...


...14 thumbprint pilgrim teens...


...and 13 fingerprint children.


Then, the older children took turns, adding names (from a list on the Pilgrim Hall Museum site), to the faces.

It's amazing the amount of depth, seeing the actual number of faces, and knowing their names, has added to our study of the first Thanksgiving.

Now, to make 90 hand print Natives...I think we're goint to need more paper.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

10 comments:

Wonder Mom said...

This is such a great idea! I am definitely "bookmarking" for next year!

Christy said...

This is wonderful. I bet it was very moving to actually put names to the faces. Wonderful lesson.

I'm going to bookmark this one.

Joyful Learner said...

All the faces made me smile. You really have great ideas...very original.

Phyllis said...

This is such a great idea!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

You go into an amazing level of detail in your studies, and I learned something new from your post. It's terrible that only 4 women survived the first winter. It must have been an incredibly difficult year for the colony.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That is amazing! Love how they all worked together -- great project!

phasejumper said...

I second Wonder Mom.

Debbie said...

I love this idea! That really just seems to bring them to life.

Ticia said...

Oooohhhhh, what a cool idea. This would totally make an impact.

The Greevers Posse said...

Thanks for the link to the website where you gathered the pilgrims information.
I agree it is a good thing to be able to put the numbers of surviving pilgrims into perspective with the young ones...and what a great way of displaying them for those little eyes of wonder.
Wonderful blog...found you via Crafty Crow!
Keep up the great work!
~DeAyn