November is traditionally a time of year we honor those first European settles to come to the Americas. It is a time to be thankful for the courage it took as many died on the seas as they made their way to a foreign land. This simple craft allows you to talk about what life was like on ships such as the Mayflower for the Pilgrims.

Blue paper
Brown craft paint
Foam paint brush

White paper
Cotton balls
Liquid glue
Glue stick
Blue paint
Blue craft foam
White craft foam

The main idea is to create a ship using a hand print. How you add the details is up to you. Begin by using the paintbrush to liberally cover the hand with brown craft paint. It is better to brush it on rather than dipping it. Slowly lay the palm flat onto the paper and press hard. Rather than lifting straight up, start with the fingertips and roll backwards. Now you have the ship completed.

In this example I used blue craft paint for the waves, but you could also color it, or cut out s different shade of blue paper or craft foam. I had the waves come over the bottom of the ship ever so slightly, but if you want to view more of the palm, have them go on first behind the ship.

The sails were cut from white paper but again, craft foam could be used for more depth.

If you would like to create some clouds, I love using cotton balls. While you may use stick glue for paper, liquid glue is needed to hold on cotton. Allow the kids to pull the balls apart for more fluff and then glue into place. You could do this in conjunction with a weather program.

Have fun and smooth sailing!


About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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