Mayflower Books, Crafts and My Pilgrim Heritage

Friday, November 16, 2012

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My 16th Great-Grandfather, William Brewster, was one of the 102 Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower ship in 1620.  My mom is a big family history buff and through her research she traced her mother’s family line all the way back to the Mayflower.  This makes Thanksgiving even more meaningful for our family. It has been wonderful teaching my kids about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower voyage.IMG_3169

We brought out all our Thanksgiving books and decided to make a Mayflower book basket to hold our books during the month.
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Find an oval shaped basket or anything resembling a boat. You’ll need a dowel stick (about 2 feet tall), some muslin fabric for the sails, yarn, glue, scissors, some pencils or popsicle sticks to support the top and bottom of the sails.
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Cut 2 sails out of muslin to the size that will look good with your basket. I poked small holes in the top and bottom of each sail. Then I ran the dowel stick through the holes to become the mast.  I glued sticks to the top and bottom of each sail (you may want longer support sticks for this but popsicle sticks worked fine for our task). Then I tied the mast to the basket at each side.
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The pictures below are of my relative, William Brewster, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was a religious leader. These are depictions of him I’ve found online and a tribute marker on the land near Plymouth.  The book ‘Pilgrim’ is a biography of William Brewster. My mom bought a copy at the gift shop at the Plymouth Plantation. We’ve watched several videos on YouTube about the Mayflower and learned that 10% of the American population can trace their heritage back to the Mayflower.
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You could also make these fun Thanksgiving puppets and put magnets on the back so they serve double duty.  My sister made these and my kids love playing with them.  Use big tongue depressors and paint them, then add felt, feathers, ribbon, googley eyes, yarn or other crafts supplies to create your own set.
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Mayflower on Pinterest:
I've found so many great ideas from other blogs that I've pinned to my Giving Thanks board on Pinterest. If you have a Pinterest account you can click here for more ideas.


Here are the Thanksgiving books about the Pilgrims and Mayflower I recommend:
From National Geographic, Mayflower 1620, A new look at a Pilgrim Voyage, is an excellent visual with live photo re-enactment of Pilgrims on a ship similar to the Mayflower.


Three Young Pilgrims is a retelling of the Mayflower story from a child’s perspective.
There are many more available. Check some out from your library or find several like these on Amazon. (I am an Amazon affiliate and receive a small percentage if you buy from clicking the links. Thank you!)


I hope you share the story of the Mayflower with the children in your life. I’m eternally grateful for the Pilgrims' courage and faithfulness to create a new life and realize I would not be the person I am today without them.  What are you thankful for? Do you have any favorite Pilgrim or Mayflower books? I’d love to try some new ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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{Family Fun} Dr. Seuss App and Card Game Combined

Thursday, November 8, 2012


My kids and I have been playing this SEUSStastic Dr. Seuss Fun Machine game lately. It’s a new app and board game combined, released just in time for Christmas.

If you have played any of the Dr. Seuss board games by Wonder Forge you’ll know they are all created in whimsical Dr. Seuss style. The Dr. Seuss Fun Machine AppPlay game by Wonder Forge is an excellent merge between digital and traditional board games created for families and preschool children.

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What does it do?

The Dr. Seuss Fun Machine AppPlay game takes the simple matching game up 55 notches. You buy the game tiles at a store (or online here) then download the free app. The app works for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.  There are also instructions for ways to play without the app. When using the tiles with an idevice there are several ways you can play. The three games are ‘matching, slap down and guess-a-roo.’ The app leads you through a few quick directions then kids can play solo or with others (1-4 players).  They slide handles on a machine displayed on the screen to tell them what cards to look for. Each card has a special color, shape and character on it so the app tells them a variety of things to look for in each game.  It has simple, medium and hard levels.


What did we think?

I loved that we could play this as a family. There aren’t many apps that do that well. Parents and kids can play together.  My older kids (ages 6 and 9) tried out the guess-a-roo detective style game by themselves but the other games are set up to encourage playing with others.  I also liked that the game tiles create a hands-on element. Sometimes younger kids can get frustrated trying to swipe the screen for games but as we played I helped swipe. Then my 2-year-old could find the card and he would tap the screen to say he found the match.  It is perfect for preschool ages (3-6) who are learning their colors, shapes and yes,…introducing them to the Dr. Seuss characters.

Proud moment:  I have to admit I felt all warm and fuzzy as my 2-year-old said “Seuss game” and I realized it was the first time he said the word “Seuss.”
My 2 year old loved finding the tiles. It would tell him to look for a shape, color or character and he could do the color and character really well. We are still working on his shapes and this game was a great introduction to them.
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The idevice doesn’t really recognize the cards, my son just liked to set it on top once he made the match. Then he presses the green button to say he found the match and it makes a fun noise.  This is his face (below) every time he pushed the green button.
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Here is a description of the game from Wonder Forge:
The Cat in the Hat is back ... with an app! Dr. Seuss AppPlay Games combine the classic fun of tabletop games with the dynamic play power of apps, all served up for iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Match wits and make match-ups with these madcap mixes of family fun! Sturdy, colorful tiles pack up in a flash for quick bursts of Seuss fun ... near, far, or or wherever you are.
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See all of Wonder Forge’s fun Dr. Seuss games here.
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This Dr. Seuss appPlay game can be found at ToysRus and other specialty stores or online at Amazon.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this game from Wonderforge for review purposes. All opinions are my own. I would gladly buy this game myself.

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