TP Roll Corn Craft: Sharing the Story of the First Thanksgiving

Kids can make this simple Thanksgiving corn craft from empty cardboard tubes, bubble wrap, and paint. Use them as napkin rings or stuff them with tissue paper and use them to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

I try to talk to my kids about the real reasons we celebrate holidays.  With that in mind, I checked out two Thanksgiving books from the library:

The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene and This Is the Feast by Diane Z. Shore

These are remarkably similar rhyming books that tell the story of the first Thanksgiving in a way that children can understand.  The Very First Thanksgiving Day is a little shorter and more simply told, and is great for younger readers.  This Is the Feast is also good for younger readers, but is also suitable for older kids.  It focuses more on the importance of corn for the pilgrims' survival so we spent more time with this book.  I liked these so much I plan to buy at least one for our home library.

For our project, we did a simpler and faster version of the napkin rings we made last year

This time we each painted a sheet of bubble wrap in a different color - red, yellow, and orange.

We rolled paper towel tubes over each sheet bubble wrap to make prints.

When they dried, I put some tissue paper in the end until we use them for napkin rings.

My husband thought they looked like firecrackers, but what does he know?  But if you agree, maybe you'll like another of our Thanksgiving crafts better:

10 Fat Turkeys Puppet

Festive Corn Cupcakes

Word Family Turkeys

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  1. Oh, how fun!! I just posted about some books we took out and one was on the very first Thanksgiving as well. I loved it because it included things I didn't know. It was suitable for younger children who still enjoy being read to or older kids. This year we are trying to focus a bit on the Native American side as well.

  2. just love these. pinning and sharing as one of my find from the kids co-op. Jaime@FSPDT

  3. Thanks for sharing this on Tuesday Tots. I am featuring it in next weeks TT :) You're welcome to grab a featured button if you don't already have one :)

  4. Very cute. I love that your husband think that they look like firecrackers. lol Sounds like something my husband would say. We actually just finished reading The First Thanksgiving together for the first time a couple of minutes ago.

    Thanks for linking up with The Children's Bookshelf!

  5. I love the idea of painting bubble wrap first-neat! I think they're cute even if they look a little like firecrackers. ;). Thanks for sharing with The Sunday Showcase!

  6. I totally get that they are corn. Thank you for linking them to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be featuring them on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.

  7. Great ideas! I never know what to do with all of those toilet paper rolls! I would love it if you would share this with us at the Eco Kids Link Up:


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