Tepee Craft

As I mentioned in my last post we are talking about the story of Thanksgiving this week. Each day we are learning a little more about the story and adding a few more beads to our story bracelets.

When we discussed the Native Americans the kids liked exploring the Wampanoag portion of the Interactive Exploration of the First Thanksgiving. We also watched a couple of YouTube videos to see how to build a tepee (tipi, teepee…whichever way you prefer to spell it).  Then we made this very simple tepee craft from Easy Child Crafts.

After I cut a paper plate in half, the kids colored and decorated one side.

Thanksgiving Craft

We taped a couple of sticks on the inside. Then we curled the ends of the paper plate together and stapled it to form the tepee.

Paper Plate Tepee Craft for Kids

After we made this easy Mayflower craft we added our tepees to the water play scene for more pretend play and science inquiry.

Tepee Preschool Craft

These are turning out to be a great prop for dramatic play this week. The kids are using their mini-Mayflowers and the tepees to act out different parts of the Thanksgiving story. This paper towel tube canoe may be the next craft we add to our studies.

Hands-On Holidays eBook

Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!

From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.

Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.

Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.

The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.


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  1. what fun! I actually have the tepee on my list to make next week! Have a Happy Thanksgiving – feel free to link this post up @ Link & Learn http://mamato3blessings.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-activitysensory-box-learn.html#

    • Thanks so much! It was super easy, but the kids have really enjoyed using it this week. I linked up 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

  2. This is so cute! I love the drawings!

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